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Discover Tasting Zone - Regionality showcasing terroir

Regionality and terroir are fundamental concepts in the world of wine, shaping the distinct characteristics and flavours of each bottle. Terroir encompasses the unique combination of soil, climate, topography, and even human intervention in a specific geographic area, influencing the grapes’ growth and ultimately the wine’s flavour profile. Understanding and appreciating regionality allows wine enthusiasts to connect deeply with the land and culture where the grapes are cultivated, fostering a sense of place in every sip. For example, the limestone soils of Robertson yield Chardonnay wines with crisp acidity and delicate minerality, while the granitic soils of Stellenbosch impart rich, intense flavours to its Cabernet Sauvignons. By recognizing the importance of regionality and terroir, consumers can explore a vast array of wines, each with its own story to tell, and develop a deeper appreciation for the artistry and craftsmanship behind every bottle. This year, visitors to the Wines of South Africa, Discover Tasting Zone, can experience wines that speak to their true origin. 

Morning Session – 10:00-13:00

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Franschhoek – Cap Classique
Regarded as one of South Africa’s leading Cap Classique-producing areas, the Franschhoek Wine Valley Cap Classique route is a first for South Africa. The abundant valley is renowned for producing outstanding Cap Classiques, from an impressive array of over twenty local producers ranging from large, traditional estates to more boutique, up-and-coming producers. Cap Classique is the South African term used to describe a sparkling wine made following the classic traditional method. Cap Classique wines range from those with 12 months' lees contact to rich, complex wines lying in the bottle for 60 months and more. Different styles such as Blanc de Blancs, blends and Rosé have emerged and range from dry to Demi Sec.

Durbanville – Sauvignon Blanc
Cool-climate diversity and multi-generational know-how lies at the heart of Durbanville Wine Valley’s world-renowned excellence across the spread of red and white wine styles. Among its renowned cultivars are category-leading Sauvignon Blanc, whose gentle nature comes to full expression in Cape Town’s northern vineyards. Here, vineyards thrive under oceanic influence and farming that embraces the rhythm of nature since 1698, which lends itself to the production of crisp and racy Sauvignon Blancs that compete favourably on the international stage.

Paarl – Chenin Blanc
The iconic granite outcrop, Paarl Mountain, guided early European settlers and gave the town its name. French Huguenots established viticulture in the region in the late 17th century. As one of South Africa's oldest wine-producing regions, Paarl prides itself on producing quality wines. The Paarl district has distinct terroir characteristics, including the wards of Voor-Paardeberg, Agter-Paarl and Simonsberg-Paarl. The soil, a mosaic of granite, shale and decomposed granite, imparts complexity to the wines. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc thrive in Paarl's terroir. They produce wines that display ripe fruit flavours and refreshing acidity and have a distinct sense of place. Paarl stands as a testament to its rich winemaking heritage. Explore its diverse landscape and savour its rich terroirs.

Robertson - Chardonnay
The Robertson Wine Valley lies 160km east of Cape Town and is characterised by cold winters and mild summers. With its limestone-rich soils, the result of marine fossils and ancient termite nests, Robertson is seen as a pioneer of South African Chardonnay, a variety proven to exude its finest nuances and balanced chemistry structure when grown on soils rich in chalk. Despite being situated 90km from the Indian Ocean, southerly breezes in summer bring a brisk coolness during the warmer months, adding to vineyard health and grape vitality. Robertson has South Africa’s largest Chardonnay plantings which are vinified in a diverse selection of still wine styles, as well as used in the sparkling Cap Classique category.

Hemel en Aarde – Pinot Noir
Hemel-en-Aarde, located in the Walker Bay region just behind Hermanus, is home to over 20 small family-owned wine producers crafting sought-after fine wines. Recognised as one of South Africa's most exciting and beautiful wine districts, it stands out with a unique focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Distinguished by its small, high-end production, the area is marked by visionary owners and family-operated estates. The Hemel-en-Aarde's exceptional terroir, characterised by ancient soils, benefits from its close proximity to the cold South Atlantic Ocean, resulting in a cool maritime climate ideal for producing extraordinary Pinot Noir. Wines of ethereal nature, making them a captivating choice for aficionados seeking intellectually styled, age-worthy red wines.


Franschhoek - Cap Classique
1Boschendal Jean Le Long Prestige Cuvée 2012
2Sauvage La Bri 2019
3L'Ormarins Blanc de Blancs 2019
4Leopard's Leap Culinaria Brut
5Haute Cabriere Pierre Jourdan Blanc de Blanc
6Allee Bleue Brut 2020
7Old Road Wine Co. Gorgeous 
8La Motte Brut 2019
9Klein Goederust Nomaroma 2020
10Le Lude Brut Rosé Réserve 2015

Durbanville - Sauvignon Blanc
1De Grendel Koetshuis 2022
2De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 2023
3Diemersdal Wild Horseshoe Sauvignon Blanc 2022
4Diemersdal Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2023
5Durbanville Hills Collectors Reserve The Cape Mist Sauvignon Blanc 2022
6Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2023
7Groot Phesantekraal Sauvignon Blanc 2023
8Groot Phesantekraal Marizanne 2023
9Klein Roosboom Cape Compass Sauvignon Blanc 2023
10Klein Roosboom Jéan Sauvignon Blanc 2023
11Nitida Sauvignon Blanc 2023
12Nitida Coronata Integration 2023

Paarl - Chenin Blanc
1Avondale Anima Chenin Blanc 2019
2Eenzaamheid Chenin Blanc 2021
3Brookdale Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2021
4Rhebokskloof Chenin Blanc 2022
5Perdeberg Endura Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2022
6Nederburg Heritage Heroes Anchorman 2022
7Fairview Chenin Blanc 2023
8Landskroon Chenin Blanc 2023
9Tempel Wines “Kattemaai” Chenin Blanc 2023
10Rhebokskloof Flatrock Chenin Blanc 2023
11Perdeberg Dry Land Collection Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2023
12Nederburg Classic Chenin Blanc 2023

Robertson - Chardonnay
1Ashton Winery Chardonnay Unwooded 2023
2Bon Courage Estate Chardonnay Unwooded 2023
3Robertson Winery Chardonnay 2023
4Bonnievale Limited Release Chardonnay 2023
5Zandvliet Chardonnay 2023
6 De Wetshof Estate Calcrete Chardonnay 2023
7Excelsior Wine Estate Calcrete Chardonnay 2023
8Rietvallei Wine Estate Calcrete Chardonnay 2023
9Van Loveren Calcrete Chardonnay 2023
10Weltevrede Estate Calcrete Chardonnay 2023
11Springfield Estate Méthode Ancienne Chardonnay 2020
12De Wetshof Estate Bateleur Chardonnay 2021

Hemel en Aarde - Pinot Noir
1Ataraxia Pinot Noir 2018
2Domaine des Dieux Josephine Pinot Noir 2021
3Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2021
4Restless River Le Luc 2021
5Bosman Pinot Noir 2022
6Cap Maritime Pinot Noir 2022
7Creation Reserve Pinot Noir 2022
8Hasher Ernest Pinot Noir 2022
9Storm Vrede 2022
10Whalehaven Earthscape Reserve Pinot Noir 2023
11Creation Art of Pinot Noir 2022

 Afternoon Session – 14:00-17:00

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Cap Classique 
Cap Classique, the term used for South African sparkling wine, represents a tradition of excellence and craftsmanship. Inspired by the Méthode Champenoise, this sparkling wine undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle, fostering the development of fine bubbles and a complex, effervescent character. The Cape's unique terroir imparts distinctive flavours, showcasing a harmonious balance of crisp acidity and nuanced fruit notes. With its ability to celebrate both special occasions and everyday moments, Cap Classique has earned a well-deserved reputation as a symbol of South African sparkling wine excellence. 

Constantia – Sauvignon Blanc (and blends)
The Constantia Wine Route is the oldest New World wine region in the world. It’s the terroir of Constantia that makes the wines so distinctive. The combination of 600 million year old soils, different aspects and steep elevations, cool climate with average temperatures between 15-21 degrees Celsius and close proximity to the ocean (between 4-12km away) with cold winds reducing temperatures further; it’s this natural diversity in such a small area which gives Constantia an unusually high degree of complexity and breadth. Of the 437 hectares under vine in Constantia, almost half of this is Sauvignon Blanc. And for good reason, there is nowhere on planet earth where this noble grape presents quite as it does in Constantia. World class Sauvignon Blancs and Sauvignon Blends that show elegance, refinement and purity.

Elgin - Chardonnay
Surrounded by the Kogelberg Biosphere, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its beauty, the Elgin Valley features a diverse landscape—from towering peaks to rolling hills—ideal for vines and apple orchards. Its high altitudes, cold winters, ample rainfall, and summer sea breezes and cloud cover nurture a slow ripening process, yielding wines of purity, complexity, and elegance. Since the late 1980s, Elgin has become a premium wine region, specializing in Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc. With South Africa's coolest climate and unique terroir, Elgin produces elegant, complex, age-worthy wines that are consistently drawing accolades and attention to the area.

Stellenbosch - Old Vine Project
Wines made from old vines are a phenomenon that have captured the attention of the wine world. Wines made from venerable old vines are a touching tribute to the grower's love of his or her land. Only in South Africa can producers certify their old vine vineyards under the auspices of the Old Vine Project (OVP), and are provided with a Certified Heritage Vineyards seal showing the planting date of the vineyard. Old vines have an inherent potential to produce brilliant wines with texture, complexity and a perceived freshness. Stellenbosch is synonymous with wine in South African and has 24% of old vines planted in the country, each lending their story to the rich texture of our wine industry.

Stellenbosch – Cabernet Sauvignon
Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon encapsulates the very essence of the Stellenbosch wine region. Renowned for its exceptional terroir, the Stellenbosch Valley's unique combination of warm days and cool nights, coupled with well-drained soils, imparts distinctive characteristics to the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon reflects the craftsmanship of local winemakers who artfully balance the varietal's inherent structure with a sense of elegance, creating wines that age gracefully and stand proudly on the international stage. A testament to the region's winemaking prowess, Stellenbosch Cabernet remains a favourite among wine enthusiasts seeking both depth and finesse in every sip.


Cap Classique Producer Association
1Alvi's Drift Brut Nature (NV)
2Simonsig Cuvée Royale 2017
3Genevieve Brut 2019
4Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs 2018
5Saltare Brut Nature (NV)
6Kleine Zalze Vintage Brut 2017
7Villiera Monro Brut 2017
8Domaine des Dieux Claudia Brut 2017
9Alvi's Drift Brut (NV)
10Pongracz Brut (NV)
11Pongracz Brut Rosé (NV)
12Domaine des Dieux Rose of Sharon Rosé 2013

Constantia - Sauvignon Blanc/Blends
1Eagles Nest Sauvignon Blanc 2023
2Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2022
3Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc 2022
4Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2023
5Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2022
6Steenberg Black Swan 2022
7Klein Constantia Metis 2020 
8Constantia Royale Sauvignon Blanc 2022
9Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve 2021
10Beau Constantia PIERRE 2023
11Constantia Glen TWO 2021
12Steenberg Magna Carta 2021

Elgin - Chardonnay
1Thelema Sutherland Anna Chardonnay 2017
2Highlands Road Chardonnay 2020
3Idun Callipyge 2020
4Almenkerk Chardonnay 2021
5Boschendal Appellation Series Elgin Chardonnay 2021
6Iona Elgin Highlands Chardonnay 2021 
7Lothian Vineyards Chardonnay 2021
8Neil Ellis Whitehall Chardonnay 2021
9Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2021
10Shannon Oscar Browne 2022
11Groenlandberg Chardonnay 2022
12Elgin Vintners Chardonnay 2023

Stellenbosch - Old Vine Project
1Deux Frères Sauvignon Blanc 2021
2Jordan Wines Timepiece Sauvignon Blanc 2021
3Koelenhof Winery Chenin Blanc 2022
4Le Grand Domaine The Pledge Our Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2022
4Mulderbosch Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc Block W 2021
6Reyneke Wines Biodynamic Chenin Blanc 2023
7Roodekrantz Wines Donkermaan Chenin Blanc 2022
8Simonsig Langbult Steen 2022
9Koelenhof Winery Pinotage 2021
10Bellevue 1953 Pinotage 2019
11Delheim Edelspatz 2022

Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon
1Glenelly Lady May 2018
2Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
3Hartenberg Wine Estate The Mackenzie 2019
4Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
5Spier 21 Gables Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
6Stellenzicht Tristone Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
7Simonsig Labyrinth Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
8Mooiplaas Tabakland Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
9Koelenhof 1679 Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
10Blaauwklippen Cabernet Sauvignon 2021
11Rust en Vrede Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2021
12Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 2020