Majestic mountains, rivers and ancient oak trees form the setting of the vineyards here. This region has the perfect Mediterranean climate for grape growing, thanks to moderating cool winds that blow in off the Atlantic Ocean in False Bay, providing natural cooling for the grapes in the vineyards.
Stellenbosch, established in 1679 and the second oldest town in South Africa, is set in the heart of the Cape Winelands. The Stellenbosch area harbors many estates producing some of the best wines in the country, and indeed the world.
The fertile Fransschoek Valley is set against the breathtaking backdrop of mountains. Some 300 years ago the French where first to make wine here and no wonder why. The vines grow both on the steep mountain slopes in cool climate pockets as well as in the valley itself, all beautiful vineyards and ideal for quality wine production. Rocky soils of weathered granite characterize the unique terroir where varieties like Semillon and Pinotage thrive in particular.
Set close to the chilly Atlantic coast, Durbanville, a ward in the larger Tygerberg wine district, is a good example of South Africa´s cool-climate viticulture. The soil, mainly consisting of well-drained shale, is also typical for the terroir here. Overall, the area is ideal for growing of white grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.