The majority of the South African wine regions are concentrated in the southwest of the country, between Cape Town and the coast. Currently 56% of vineyards are planted with white varieties, the rest with reds. The main cultivated varieties include Chenin Blanc (locally known as Steen), Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Muscat. The black varieties are dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir and Pinotage. Pinotage has become a wine symbol of South Africa. It’s South Africa’s signature variety created in 1924 at Stellenbosch University as a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault (locally known as Hermitage).
<p>Stellenbosch is South Africa's most famous and largest wine region. It lies close to Cape Town and has a mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and cool wet winters. This area is suitable for growing both white and black varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, etc.). Stellenbosch is famous for its red blends, white and single-varietal wines.</p>