Western Cape Wine
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The Western Cape is a geographical unit and province, which is home to the majority of vineyards and wine regions in South Africa. Due to its size, its climate is diverse, although much of the region has a Mediterranean climate, characterised by warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Parts of the province are cooled down by breezes coming in from the Atlantic Ocean, while the Western Cape is also home to the Cape Fold mountains.
As it spans such a vast area, a number of different grape varieties can be found in the region, with both red and white varieties being grown successfully. In particular, Sauvignon Blanc thrives towards the south of the region and is used to produce a popular, aromatic wine. However, the Western Cape is also home to a number of additional grapes, with some of the most plentiful including Syrah, Pinotage, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.