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Tulbagh

District in the Coastal Region of South Africa, named after the town of the same name 120 kilometres north of Cape Town. In 1969 there was an earthquake with great devastation, but the artists' community of Tulbagh was rebuilt to its former glory. In the south the area borders on the District Paarl and in the west on the District Swartland. It is surrounded on three sides by the Winterhoek mountains, which are snow-covered in winter. Here mainly wheat and wine is cultivated. The climate is hot and dry, so artificial irrigation is necessary. The fluctuations between day and night temperatures are particularly large. The vineyards cover about 2,200 hectares. The red wine varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage and Syrah are cultivated, as well as the white wine varieties Steen(Chenin Blanc), Colombard, Muscat d'Alexandrie, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. The area is mainly known for sherry-like wines, sparkling wines and aromatic white wines. Well known producers are Drostdy Hof, Manley, Kloofzicht, Paddagang, Saronsberg, Theuniskraal, Tulbagh Coop and Twee Jonge Gezellen.

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