New ‘Wine of Origin’district approved

2017-06-06 06:00
Duimpie Bayly (chairperson of the Demarcation Committee of the Wine and Spirit Board), Alan Winde, (Western Cape minister of economic opportunities, agriculture and tourism) and Bennie Howard from Meerendal, whose brainchild the Wine of Origin Cape Town was, are here at the official launch last Thursday.

Duimpie Bayly (chairperson of the Demarcation Committee of the Wine and Spirit Board), Alan Winde, (Western Cape minister of economic opportunities, agriculture and tourism) and Bennie Howard from Meerendal, whose brainchild the Wine of Origin Cape Town was, are here at the official launch last Thursday.

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The profile of South African wine is set to attract greater international attention now that a new Wine of Origin district named after Cape Town, one of the world’s foremost tourism brands, has been approved by the South African Wine and Spirit Board.

This groundbreaking move, which is aimed at elevating the profile of South African wine through a direct association with Cape Town, will unite the wine wards of Constantia, Durbanville, Philadelphia and Hout Bay under the inclusive name “Wine of Origin Cape Town”.

A total of 30 wineries, including Groot Constantia, Durbanville Hills, Diemersdal, Klein Constantia, Nitida, Meerendal, Buitenverwachting and Cape Point Vineyards, will join forces under Wine of Origin Cape Town.

Duimpie Bayly, chairman of the Wine and Spirit Board’s Demarcation Committee, says that from a wine production side, the wards of Constantia, Durbanville, Philadelphia and Hout Bay are meant to be together. “We considered the various wards in the new proposed district and found great similarity in terroir, as well as clear boundaries in a district that at its furthest point is 36km from the Cape Town City Centre,” he says.

Alan Winde, minister of economic opportunities, said the new Wine of Origin Cape Town demarcation will increase global awareness of South African wine.

Martin Moore, chairman of the Durbanville Wine Valley, says the joining of the northern and southern suburb wineries surrounding Table Mountain and Cape Town is one of the most exciting recent developments in the wine industry.

“The wine wards of Durbanville, Constantia, Philadelphia and Hout Bay share the cool climate linked to the Atlantic seaboard, as well as the ‘cool’ vibrancy with which the Cape Town brand is associated,” he says. “Myself and the other Durbanville wineries look forward to being linked to a name that is well known internationally and is historically the Mother City of the South African wine industry.”

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