The best wines of Western Cape

Discover the best wines of Western Cape as well as the best winemakers of Western Cape and estates of Western Cape to visit. Explore the popular grape varieties in Western Cape and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Top wines of Western Cape by region

Looking for a good wine of Western Cape among the top wines in the region? Check out our tops of the best red, white or effervescent wines of Western Cape. Also find some food and wine pairings that may be appropriate with these exceptional wines. Learn more about the region and the wines of Western Cape with technical and enological descriptions.

Great red wines of Western Cape

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Food and wine pairing with a red wine of Western Cape

Red wines from the region of Western Cape go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, lamb or game (deer, venison) such as recipes of meat and goat pie, lamb tagine with vegetables and sweet potatoes or real paella recipe from valencia.

Organoleptic analysis of red wine of Western Cape

On the nose the red wine of the region of Western Cape. often reveals types of flavors of cream, blueberry or black plum and sometimes also flavors of cigar box, cigar or red fruit. In the mouth the red wine of the region of Western Cape. is a powerful with a nice balance between acidity and tannins.

The best vintages in red wine of Western Cape

  • 2019 With an average score of 4.70/5
  • 2006 With an average score of 4.61/5
  • 2017 With an average score of 4.60/5
  • 2018 With an average score of 4.60/5
  • 2004 With an average score of 4.58/5
  • 2014 With an average score of 4.58/5

The most used grape varieties in red wine of Western Cape

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pinotage
  • Merlot
  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Malbec

The best wineries and winemakers for red wine of Western Cape

A wine route planned in the region of Western Cape? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best red wine of Western Cape.

Discovering the wine region of Western Cape

The Western Cape is home to the vast majority of the South African wine industry, and the country's two most famous wine regions, Stellenbosch and Paarl. The city of Cape Town serves as the epicenter of the Cape Winelands, a mountainous, biologically diverse area in the south-western corner of the African continent. A wide variety of wines are produced here. Wines from the Shiraz and Grape/Pinotage">Pinotage grape varieties can be fresh and juicy or Full-bodied and gutsy.

The Western Cape's Elegant, ageworthy Cabernet Sauvignon wines and France/bordeaux">Bordeaux Blends were at the vanguard as exports recommenced in the mid-1990s, while Burgundy-style Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Walker Bay are gaining global acclaim, and cool-climate style Sauvignon Blanc from Darling and Overberg is rivaling that made in any other New World country. The Western Cape's wine regions stretch 300 kilomers (185 miles) from Cape Town to the Mouth of the Olifants River in the North, and 360km (220 miles) to Mossel Bay in the east. Areas under Vine are rarely more than 160km (100 miles) from the coast. Further inland, the influence of the semi-arid Great Karoo Desert takes over.

The climate can be cool and rainy (as in Cape Point and Walker Bay) but is more often than not Mediterranean in nature. The Western Cape is littered with spectacular mountain ranges that form the Cape Fold belt. These are extremely important for viticulture across the whole region, contributing soils and mesoclimates ideal for the production of premium wines. Of particular importance are the Boland Mountains, which form the eastern border of the Coastal Region, and the Langeberg range, which separates the Breede River Valley from the Klein Karoo semi-desert.

Great white wines of Western Cape

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Food and wine pairing with a white wine of Western Cape

White wines from the region of Western Cape go well with generally quite well with dishes of shellfish, lean fish or fruity desserts such as recipes of shrimp marinade, small fry or rice with milk.

Organoleptic analysis of white wine of Western Cape

On the nose the white wine of the region of Western Cape. often reveals types of flavors of pineapple, hay or floral and sometimes also flavors of dried fruit, smoke or wax. In the mouth the white wine of the region of Western Cape. is a powerful with a nice freshness.

The best vintages in white wine of Western Cape

  • 1947 With an average score of 4.70/5
  • 2009 With an average score of 4.52/5
  • 2010 With an average score of 4.51/5
  • 2008 With an average score of 4.47/5
  • 2012 With an average score of 4.45/5
  • 2011 With an average score of 4.44/5

The most used grape varieties in white wine of Western Cape

  • Chardonnay
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Sémillon
  • Palomino
  • Viognier
  • Grenache Blanc

The best wineries and winemakers for white wine of Western Cape

A wine route planned in the region of Western Cape? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best white wine of Western Cape.

Discover the grape variety: Sangiovese

Originally from Italy, it is the famous Sangiovese of Tuscany producing the famous wines of Brunello de Montalcino and Chianti. This variety is registered in the Official Catalogue of Wine Grape Varieties, list A1. According to recent genetic analysis, it is the result of a natural cross between the almost unknown Calabrese di Montenuovo (mother) and Ciliegiolo (father).

Great sparkling wines of Western Cape

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Food and wine pairing with a sparkling wine of Western Cape

Sparkling wines from the region of Western Cape go well with generally quite well with dishes of veal, pork or game (deer, venison) such as recipes of moroccan veal tagine from hanane, homemade pork curry or rabbit with cream sauce anne's way.

Organoleptic analysis of sparkling wine of Western Cape

On the nose the sparkling wine of the region of Western Cape. often reveals types of flavors of cream, red fruit or biscuits and sometimes also flavors of floral, spices or vegetal.

The best vintages in sparkling wine of Western Cape

  • 2014 With an average score of 4.18/5
  • 2007 With an average score of 4.18/5
  • 2016 With an average score of 4.17/5
  • 2015 With an average score of 4.16/5
  • 2009 With an average score of 4.13/5
  • 2010 With an average score of 4.13/5

The most used grape varieties in sparkling wine of Western Cape

  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
  • Pinot Meunier
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Colombard

The best wineries and winemakers for sparkling wine of Western Cape

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The word of the wine: Rough

A very astringent and somewhat coarse tannic wine.

Great pink wines of Western Cape

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Food and wine pairing with a pink wine of Western Cape

Pink wines from the region of Western Cape go well with generally quite well with dishes of game (deer, venison), poultry or veal such as recipes of cassoulet of yesteryear, turkey osso buco or veal simmered with vegetables.

Organoleptic analysis of pink wine of Western Cape

On the nose the pink wine of the region of Western Cape. often reveals types of flavors of cream, tree fruit or pomegranate and sometimes also flavors of rhubarb, guava or lychee.

The best vintages in pink wine of Western Cape

  • 1985 With an average score of 4.40/5
  • 1988 With an average score of 4.10/5
  • 2019 With an average score of 4.02/5
  • 2020 With an average score of 3.95/5
  • 2017 With an average score of 3.94/5
  • 2016 With an average score of 3.93/5

The most used grape varieties in pink wine of Western Cape

  • Pinotage
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
  • Merlot
  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Grenache

The best wineries and winemakers for pink wine of Western Cape

A wine route planned in the region of Western Cape? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best pink wine of Western Cape.

Discover the grape variety: Sémillon

Sémillon blanc is a grape variety that originated in France (Bordeaux). It produces a variety of grape specially used for wine making. It is rare to find this grape to eat on our tables. Note that this grape variety can also be used for the elaboration of eaux de vie. This variety of vine is characterized by large bunches of grapes, and grapes of large size. Sémillon Blanc can be found in several vineyards: South-West, Languedoc & Roussillon, Cognac, Bordeaux, Armagnac, Provence & Corsica, Loire Valley, Rhone Valley, Savoie & Bugey, Beaujolais.

Great sweet wines of Western Cape

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Food and wine pairing with a sweet wine of Western Cape

Sweet wines from the region of Western Cape go well with generally quite well with dishes of shellfish, lean fish or fruity desserts such as recipes of fish and seafood gratin, baked fish fillets with vegetables or the coughing cat's apple crumble.

Organoleptic analysis of sweet wine of Western Cape

On the nose the sweet wine of the region of Western Cape. often reveals types of flavors of pineapple, citrus fruit or marzipan and sometimes also flavors of oil, non oak or earth. In the mouth the sweet wine of the region of Western Cape. is a powerful mainly marked by the residual sugar.

The best vintages in sweet wine of Western Cape

  • 2008 With an average score of 4.42/5
  • 2017 With an average score of 4.33/5
  • 2010 With an average score of 4.29/5
  • 2018 With an average score of 4.26/5
  • 2016 With an average score of 4.25/5
  • 2019 With an average score of 4.25/5

The most used grape varieties in sweet wine of Western Cape

  • Chenin Blanc
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Riesling
  • Viognier
  • Muscat of Alexandria
  • Sémillon

The best wineries and winemakers for sweet wine of Western Cape

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The word of the wine: Solera

A method of maturing practiced in Andalusia for certain sherries, which aims to continuously blend older and younger wines. It consists of stacking several layers of barrels; those located at ground level (solera) contain the oldest wines, the youngest being stored in the barrels on the upper level. The wine to be bottled is taken from the barrels on the lower level, which is replaced by younger wine from the upper level, and so on.

Great natural sweet wines of Western Cape

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Food and wine pairing with a natural-sweet wine of Western Cape

Natural sweet wines from the region of Western Cape go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, mature and hard cheese or lamb such as recipes of beef lark, aveyron truffle or quick couscous.

Organoleptic analysis of natural-sweet wine of Western Cape

On the nose the natural sweet wine of the region of Western Cape. often reveals types of flavors of cream, cheese or dried fruit and sometimes also flavors of black fruit, red fruit or citrus fruit.

The best vintages in natural-sweet wine of Western Cape

  • 2001 With an average score of 4.30/5
  • 1993 With an average score of 4.30/5
  • 2004 With an average score of 4.22/5
  • 1998 With an average score of 4.20/5
  • 2006 With an average score of 4.18/5
  • 2005 With an average score of 4.14/5

The most used grape varieties in natural-sweet wine of Western Cape

  • Tinta Barroca
  • Touriga Nacional
  • Tinta Roriz
  • Souzao
  • Tinta Francisca
  • Touriga Franca

The best wineries and winemakers for natural-sweet wine of Western Cape

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Discover the grape variety: Colombard

Colombard is one of the oldest grape varieties in the Charentes. This golden white grape variety is a cross between Chenin and Gouais. The young leaves of colombard are yellow with bronze patches. The adult leaves may be three-lobed or whole, depending on the variety. Its branches are cottony. The bunches of this variety are thick and cylindrical. Its elliptical berries are medium-sized. They change color until they ripen, ranging from greenish white to golden yellow. Colombard is associated with an average budding. It is particularly susceptible to leafhoppers, grape worms, mites, mildew, powdery mildew and gray mold. It is also sensitive to water stress, but is not very sensitive to wind. It ripens late in the second half of the year. There are a dozen approved clones of Colombard, the best known of which are 608, 607 and 606. This variety produces a full-bodied, fine white wine. Aromas of lime, nectarine, boxwood, citrus and exotic fruits are released.

News from the vineyard of Western Cape

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At the heart of the terroirs of Mâcon-Azé

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International Beaujolais Nouveau Day

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