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1

South Africa lies between which 2 latitudes?

27° and 34° south of the equator.

If not for a fortunate combination of mountains, winds, and ocean currents, most of South Africa would be inhospitable to viticulture.

2

What is the name of the current that helps make viticulture possible in South Africa?

The Benguela Current, which blows up from Antarctica.

3

What is the name for the series of summer winds that help make viticulture possible in South Africa?

The Cape Doctor, which are strong, cool, southeasterly winds that blow through False Bay up to Cape Town and further inland. 

4

What is the most widely planted grape in South Africa?

Chenin Blanc

South African wine regions have taken so well to Chenin Blanc that it is now more widely planted in South Africa than it is in France.

5

What is the second most widely planted white grape in South Africa?

Colombard

Colombard is not widely used in still wine production in South Africa, but plays a significant role in South African brandy production.

6

What is the most planted red/black grape variety in South Africa?

Cabernet Sauvignon

7

What grape variety, rarely seen outside of South Africa, has become a flagship for South Africa?

Pinotage

8

What are the parent grapes for Pinotage?

Pinot Noir and Cinsault

Cinsault was formerly known as Hermitage, especially in South Africa. The name was a combination of the two parent grape varieties.

9

What is Hanepoot?

The South African name for Muscat of Alexandria.

10

What is South Africa's Geographic Indication (G.I.) system called?

The Wine of Origin (W.O.) system.

11

What are the four different production area designations under the Wine of Origin scheme according to size?

From largest to smallest they are:

  1. Geographical Unit
  2. Regions
  3. Districts
  4. Wards

12

What are the requirements for a South African wine to be labeled as an Estate Wine?

  • The wine itself must come from a single estate;
  • The estate's vineyards must be within a single geographical area;
  • The wines must be made on the estate's premises all the way up to and including bottling.

13

What is presently the most important Geographical Unit in South Africa?

The Western Cape

The Western Cape is important as a wine appellation as it allows producers to blend the best parcels of grapes from widely different areas.

14

Western Cape makes what % of the South African wine market?

> 90%

15

Outside of the Western Cape, where is the majority of South African wines made?

Orange River, an independent ward in the Northern Cape Geographical Area.

The Orange River is known for bulk and everyday wines that are not often seen outside of South Africa.

16

What District has long been the heart of production for fine wine in South Africa?

Stellenbosch

17

What geographic features contribute to the success of Stellenbosch’s fine wine production?

Stellenbosch’s unique combination of varying elevations, vineyard placement, soil composition, and geological history all create a unique terroir for its wine production.

18

Stellenbosch is known for producing red wines from which grape varieties?

Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (the latter two used to make Bordeaux blends).

19

Stellenbosch successfully produces white wines from what grape varieties?

Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc

20

What large, important district of South Africa is located north of Stellenbosch?

Paarl

21

The Paarl region makes red wines from what grape varieties?

Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Pinotage

22

Paarl is known for its white wines made from which grape varieties?

Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay

23

Which Ward in the Western Cape has some of the region’s oldest vines?

Constantia

24

Constantia’s oldest vines are situated on the east side of what mountain?

Table Mountain

25

Constantia is known for producing very good still white table wines from which grape variety?

Sauvignon Blanc

26

The cooler sites of Constantia are planted to which grape varieties?

White grape varieties, especially Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

27

The warmer sites in Constantia are planted to what grape varieties?

Red/black grapes, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

28

Constantia’s famous dessert wine, Vin de Constance, is made from what grape variety?

Muscat de Frontignan

29

What region of South Africa is growing in reputation for its white blends?

Swartland

White blends from Swartland are often Chenin Blanc-based wines with Rhône varieties such as Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, and Viognier added.

30

Which District in South Africa used to be viewed just as a place that made bulk wines but in recent years has changed its image to become a more quality-centered wine region?

Swartland

31

Swartland has built its new reputation based on which grape varieties?

Old vine Chenin Blanc and Syrah

32

Swartland’s best vineyards are known for practicing what viticultural technique?

Dry farming

33

Thanks to the Atlantic Ocean's cool breezes, the Darling District has taken a position on which grape variety?

Sauvignon Blanc

34

Which Ward in the Tygerberg District is known for its undulating geography, cooling sea breezes, and Sauvignon Blanc?

Durbanville Ward

35

Which District in Breede River Valley is known for growing grapes destined for distillation?

Which grapes here are used for distillation?

District: Worcester

Grapes: Chenin Blanc and Colombard

 

36

Worcester's climate is so hot and so arid that viticulturists have to use ___ in their vineyards.

Irrigation

The water is drawn from the Breede River.

37

How does the climate of the Robertson District compare to that of the Worcester District?

Robertson receives southeasterly winds so it is slightly cooler than Worcester, and because of this it is emerging as a higher quality wine growing area.

38

Robertson District is known for producing quality wines from which grape varieties?

Syrah and Chardonnay

39

Which 2 Districts in Cape South Coast have reputations for being cool areas, and what are the features that cool them?

  1. Walker Bay - sits right on the Atlantic Ocean and receives direct, cool sea breezes;
  2. Elgin - has some ocean influence but also has some dramatic elevation.

40

The Elgin District is located in a basin in what mountain range?

Hottentots-Holland Mountains

The elevation of these mountains provides important cooling influences to the Elgin district.

41

What is the climate of the Hemel-en-Aarde Ward?

Maritime

42

Hemel-en-Aarde Ward has built a reputation as being a producer of some of South Africa’s finest wines made from ___ and ___.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

43

What grapes perform best in the Elgin District?

Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir are best suited for Elgin's climate as well as some Chardonnay and Syrah.

44

Which Ward of South Africa is located at the southern tip of the Western Cape?

Elim

45

Elim in gaining a reputation for crafting which two grape varieties?

Flinty Sauvignon Blanc made in a Loire Valley style and Syrah (sometimes labeled as Shiraz).