Western Cape
The Western Cape region of South Africa, in the far southwest near Cape Town, is home to two of the country's most important wine appellations, Paarl and Stellenbosch; other wine districts in the Western Cape include Overberg and Walker Bay, where Pinot Noir is an important variety. Overall most of the country's vineyards are located in the Western Cape, with most situated within 100 miles of the ocean; thus enjoying a Mediterranean climate. To the north, vineyards are planted above the 2000 foot elevation; Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz are the most widely planted varieties in this zone. For now, Bordeaux blends and herbal-influenced, edgy Sauvignon Blancs are the best wines from the Western Cape. (Wine/Appellations)