South Africa

South Africa is the ninth largest wine producer in the world, and as the consumption of wine in the country is not high, almost 75% of its wine production is exported abroad. The local climate is extremely suitable for viticulture, South African grapes are very sweet and the wine is thus relatively strong, sometimes with 14% of alcohol. It is also characterized by a high content of acids: South African wines are excellent digestives, they don’t have an unpleasant aftertaste and are very refreshing.

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Lyngrove - Stellenbosch

Lyngrove vineyards (80 ha) have a natural advantage of superior soils, gentle slopes and the cooling influence of the Atlantic Ocean – perfect conditions for slowly ripening grapes with concentrated flavours. In the dry summer months drip irrigation supplements the moisture of the soils to ensure optimum ripening conditions.

The Stellenbosch region is the largest and one of the oldest winemaking areas in South Africa. It is the home of the Wine & Spirits Board, the South African quality control office and the most important research institute in the country. Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch make up the Cape Winelands. This region is the most suitable for the Pinotage grape, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. White varieties include Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier.