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Breedekloof

Winegrowing area (District) in South Africa 90m km northeast of Cape Town, which belongs to the region Breede River Valley and lies between the two districts Paarl and Worcester. It is divided into the two Wards Goudini and Slanghoek, separated by the Badsberg Mountain Range. The area was discovered by the Huguenot immigrant Pieter du Toit, who took possession of land and raised cattle here in 1716. The soil types consist of sandy loam around the banks of the Breede River and stony soils in the mountains. The river and its many tributaries create a variety of microclimates. The area is excellent for viticulture. However, peaches, plums, pears and other crops are also grown. The vineyards cover 12,427 hectares (2009). Two thirds of the vineyards produce white wines and one third red wines. The most common white wine varieties are Chenin Blanc, Colombard, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Hanepoot(Muscat d'Alexandrie). The most common red wine varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsaut, Shiraz(Syrah), Pinotage and Merlot. There are a few large wine cooperatives and many small boutique wineries. Well known producers are Bergsig Estate, Daschbosch, Deetlefs Esate, Du Preez Estate, Meander and Stonecross.

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