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Wine growing area (District) on the Atlantic coast in the west of South Africa, which belongs to the Coastal Region. The name means "Black Land" and refers to the fertile, dark soil. It is located about 100 kilometres north of Cape Town. There are the two Wards Malmesbury and Riebeekberg. The western part at the Atlantic coast is cooled by the sea. The eastern part in the interior has a hot, dry climate and requires artificial irrigation due to the low rainfall. Besides wine, a lot of tobacco and wheat is cultivated here. The vineyards cover about 15,000 hectares of vineyards and consist of sandstone weathered, slate (here called Malmesbury) and partly granite soils. They are planted with the red wine varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinotage, Merlot, Cinsaut, Ruby Cabernet and Cabernet Franc, as well as the white wine varieties Chenin Blanc (Steen), Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Colombar and Sémillon (2009). Well known producers are Allesverloren Estate, Lammershoek, Mamreweg Cellars, Meerhof Wine Cellars, Riebeek Cellars, Spice Route, Swartland Winery and Windmeul Coop.

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