There are soon going to be a whole lot of wine labels carrying the proud designation Wine of Origin Cape Town. No, there hasn’t been a rush of Capetonians planting vineyards in their backyards. What has happened is that the legislation has been changed to group together the areas (called wards) of Philadelphia, Durbanville, Constantia, and Hout Bay into one district called Cape Town.
The Wine of Origin system in South Africa dates back to 1973, and South Africa was the first country outside of Europe to introduce these strict labelling laws. For wine to carry the Wine of Origin place names on the label, 100% of the wine must come from the place stated. There is a strict system administered by the Wine and Spirit Board (WSB), to make sure no-one cheats.
A Wine of Origin is declared when the soil, climate and location are thought by the Board to be sufficiently similar. There are various levels of demarcation, ranging from a single vineyard to an estate, to a ward, or to a district.
So what’s the similarity between Philadelphia and Constantia you might well ask. The press release doesn’t explain much other than to mention the influence of the proximity to the sea and that ”the region represents a winemaking and grape-growing entity with vast similarities.” But the wineries are all within 36km of the centre of Cape Town, and this is really what it is all about. Linking our beautiful city to our fabulous wine, with every label carrying the message to the world- Love Cape Town, Love our wine, Love visiting our wineries.
And it certainly is an impressive list of wineries that will be adding Cape Town to their labels and nearly all of them have a great experience to offer visitors. You can check out many of them on Tastetrip.
Cape Point Vineyards
Hout Bay Vineyards
Cheers to Cape Town- South Africa’s own wine city!