Cape South Coast, South Africa
The Cape South Coast region of South Africa is located along the southern coastline, where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. The climate in the region is cool and maritime, with cool ocean breezes and foggy mornings. The Hermanus, Walker Bay, and Elgin Valley sub-regions within the Cape South Coast are particularly well-known for their wines.
Hermanus is known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which thrive in the cool, coastal climate. These wines are often elegant and complex, with flavors of citrus, stone fruit, and a hint of minerality.
Walker Bay is also known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but the region is also gaining recognition for its Syrah wines. The cool climate and rocky soils of the region create ideal conditions for growing Syrah, resulting in wines with intense flavors of black fruit, spice, and a hint of black pepper.
The Elgin Valley sub-region is known for its cool climate, which is ideal for growing Sauvignon Blanc and other aromatic white grape varieties such as Riesling. The wines from this region are often crisp and refreshing, with flavors of citrus and tropical fruit.