The month of October has arrived and at Philglas & Swiggot that means it is that time of the year where we celebrate the wonderful personalities and characters that make up the South African wine industry.
With some of the most breath taking views, the Cape benefits from incredibly ancient soils, primarily granite, shale and sandstone and this adds an extra dimension of quality to its wines. The climate is predominantly Mediterranean so grapes known in Europe, are extremely popular here too. Think of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and of course, their hallmark Chenin Blanc, which has its origin in the Loire Valley in France, but we feel its in the South Hemisphere that it truly shows its colours. The temperatures in South Africa are not as hot as its latitude would suggest and in combination with the Benguela Current from Antarctica and the powerful southerly east wind known as the Cape Doctor, serves to create an amazing terroir which naturally gives incredible vibrancy to the wines.
South Africa has an extensive area of wine production, centred primarily around Cape Town. The six most well-known regions for South African wine are: