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The Breedekloof

The Breedekloof Wine Valley, situated at the foot of the Du Toitskloof Mountains, approximately 90km outside Cape Town, includes the areas of Slanghoek, Rawsonville, Goudini and Breërivier.

The Breedekloof Wine Valley | Our Unique Terroir

Over the years the Breedekloof Wine Valley has established itself as an area for slow ripening vines. Key to this is the late bud break and long hanging time on the vines. The geography, climate, mountains, rivers and varied geology all contribute to a unique winemaking potential, essentially establishing the area as perfect for producing Chenin Blanc.

Chenin Blanc represents 18% of all South Africa’s vineyards and the Breedekloof Wine Valley has 16% of all Chenin Blanc plantings and supplies 21% or one-fifth of all the wine made from Chenin in South Africa. The varietal has found its true home in this region, with a variety of soils and site-specific terroir lending itself to Chenin Blancs truly expressive of their particular corner of the Breedekloof.

Chenin Blanc is probably the world’s most versatile variety, ideally suited to many wine styles. This has prompted the Breedekloof winemakers to produce focused and quality Chenin Blanc truly expressive of specific winemakers and estates, which provides consumers with a very concrete and valuable impression of the valley.

By using innovative winemaking methods and expressing terroirs, as well as old vineyards, the Breedekloof Makers highlight individuality by showcasing their collective quality.

The Breedekloof Wine Valley has a mediterranean climate with ± 980mm rainfall per year. Winters are cold with snow until late in spring. Temperatures during spring are low resulting in slower ripening. Harvest usually starts 2-3 weeks later than other wine areas. Significant temperature variation with warm days ensures good sugar development while the drop in temperature at night preserves the balance of natural acids in the grapes. The soil is defined by a major geological fault, the Worcester Fault, which runs through the valley. Hills are composed of weathered sandstone and the valley floor is sedimented by a diversity of soil parent materials.

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