VINEYARDS

OVERVIEW

South Africa has a rich wine history and boasts with some of the oldest viticultural soils in the world.  The interaction between the ancient soils, terroir and people that have cared for the vineyards expresses the diversity of our heritage.

South Africa has a total of 3 693 hectares of vineyards 35 years and older.  (SAWIS, 2020)  It’s an interesting list, with our culture, history and landscape all built into it. In between the names and numbers, you will find very different soils and landscapes: the red sand of Skurfberg, Kasteelberg shale, sea sand at Dwarskersbos and Paardeberg granite.

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Hectares of Old Vines per Wine of Origin District in South Africa

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W.O. DistrictHectares
TOTAL3693.2
STELLENBOSCH859.17
SWARTLAND708.95
PAARL457.79
OTHER335.73
WELLINGTON 266.02
BREEDEKLOOF201.48
TULBAGH 110.31
CITRUSDALBERG 108.5
ROBERTSON108.35
CAPE TOWN 104.78
FRANSCHHOEK 96.17
DARLING 85.73
WORCESTER 80.78
CENTRAL ORANJERIVIER53.88
LUTZVILLE VALLEI 40.65
CALITZDORP 32.78
WALKERBAAI 17.04
CITRUSDALVALLEI 11.87
OVERBERG6.21
SWELLENDAM5.38
DOUGLAS1.63
  • Hectares

Hectares of Old Vines per Cultivar in South Africa

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CultivarHectares
Total3693.2
CHENIN BLANC 1914.28
SAUVIGNON BLANC 381.54
COLOMBAR 345.09
MUSCAT D'ALEXANDRIE224.88
PINOTAGE139.31
CINSAUT129.63
PALOMINO (FRANSDRUIF) 76.97
MUSCAT BLANC71.55
SEMILLON 57.91
CROUCHEN (KAAPSE RIESLING) 34.46
CABERNET SAUVIGNON30.6
TINTA BAROCCA27.74
SHIRAZ (SYRAH)25.79
CHARDONNAY 24.38
CLAIRETTE BLANCHE23.5
WEISSER RIESLING 20.68
CARIGNAN18.18
MUSKADEL (ROOI)17.98
PINOT NOIR17.29
GRENACHE (ROOI)12.61
BUKETTRAUBE 11.22
SOUZAO10.96
MERLOT 10.73
HARSLEVELU 8.75
CHENEL 6.22
FERNAO PIRES 6.16
GEWURZTRAMINER 6.06
KANAAN 5.63
RAISIN BLANC 4.81
RUBY CABERNET4.59
PINOT GRIS 4.05
WYNDRUIF VARIA 3.94
CABERNET FRANC2.65
MORIO MUSCAT 2.33
PEDRO LUIS 2.08
HANEPOOT (ROOI)1.82
UGNI BLANC 1.52
VIOGNIER 1.32
PORTSOORTE1.19
PINOT BLANC 1.15
GAMAY NOIR0.93
MALBEC0.44
THERONA 0.18
SANGIOVESE0.1
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30 Oldest Old Vine Blocks in South Africa

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NumberPlant YearCultivarHectaresW.O. District
11900CINSAUT0.25WELLINGTON
21900MUSCAT D'ALEXANDRIE0.35SWARTLAND
31900MUSCAT D'ALEXANDRIE0.76BREEDEKLOOF
41902MUSCAT D'ALEXANDRIE0.04FRANSCHHOEK
51902SEMILLON 0.69FRANSCHHOEK
61905SEMILLON 4FRANSCHHOEK
71905SEMILLON 0.82FRANSCHHOEK
81908MUSKADEL (ROOI)0.42ROBERTSON
91910MUSCAT D'ALEXANDRIE0.14BREEDEKLOOF
101922SEMILLON 0.52SWARTLAND
111926MUSKADEL (ROOI)0.15ROBERTSON
121927PALOMINO (FRANSDRUIF) 1.11ROBERTSON
131928PALOMINO (FRANSDRUIF) 1.21ROBERTSON
141930MUSCAT D'ALEXANDRIE1.08CALITZDORP
151932CINSAUT1.76FRANSCHHOEK
161932MUSCAT D'ALEXANDRIE1.28CALITZDORP
171932PALOMINO (FRANSDRUIF) 1.43ROBERTSON
181932SEMILLON 0.47FRANSCHHOEK
191933MUSCAT D'ALEXANDRIE0.73WELLINGTON
201936SEMILLON 4.25FRANSCHHOEK
211940MUSCAT D'ALEXANDRIE0.67CALITZDORP
221942CHENIN BLANC 1.37STELLENBOSCH
231942MUSCAT D'ALEXANDRIE0.3BREEDEKLOOF
241942SEMILLON 0.67FRANSCHHOEK
251947CHENIN BLANC 1.55STELLENBOSCH
261947PALOMINO (FRANSDRUIF) 0.15CALITZDORP
271947PALOMINO (FRANSDRUIF) 0.13CALITZDORP
281950CINSAUT0.8STELLENBOSCH
291950MUSCAT D'ALEXANDRIE0.25SWARTLAND
301950PINOTAGE0.47STELLENBOSCH

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Rosa Kruger