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Cape Town gets its own Wine of Origin

After three and a half centuries of winemaking, Cape Town is finally getting its own Wine of Origin district. The South African Wine and Spirit Board has declared a the new district which many say will attract greater international attention.

The new district will include a total of 30 wineries including some of South Africa’s leading brands such as Groot Constantia, Durbanville Hills, Diemersdal, Klein Constantia, Nitida, Meerendal, Buitenverwachting and Cape Point Vineyards. The existing wards of Constantia, Durbanville, Philadelphia and Hout Bay will be incorporated into the new district as well.

CEO of VINPRO, Rico Basson says that this move will link the local wine industry with one of the leading names in international tourism and is a huge step forward for the South African wine industry. “South Africa’s Wine of Origin legislation is highly acknowledged and respected as one of the best implemented and regulated in the world, so besides the tremendous marketing opportunities Wine of Origin Cape Town holds, the region represents a wine-making and grape-growing entity with vast similarities.”

From a production point of view, the wards of Constantia, Durbanville, Philadelphia and Hout bay are well suited to be grouped together given the great similarities in terroir as well as clear boundaries in a district that at is furthest point is a mere 36km from the centre of Cape Town.

Wine Fundi is already reflecting this change on the website and the new district can be found here.