The province of Western cape covers almost all of the South African winelands, including the regions’ 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.
The Western Cape’s wine regions stretch 200 miles (310km) from Cape Town to the mouth of the Olifants River in the north, and 220 miles (360km) to Mossel Bay in the east. Areas under vine are rarely more than 100 miles (160km) from the coast.
Traditionally, the Western Cape is known for its elegant Bordeaux Blends, easy-going Pinotage and honeyed Chenin Blanc. Nowadays, winemakers are experimenting with more international styles. Burgundy-style Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Walker Bay are making a splash, and cool-climate-style Sauvignon Blanc from Darling and Overberg is rivaling that made in any other New World country.