South Africa’s top 10 fastest-growing grape plantings

5. Pinot Noir


2011: 1,019.43 ha

2015: 1,119.64 ha

Number of hectares added: 100.21

% change: 9.8%

Known the world over, Pinot Noir gained 100 acres in South Africa between 2011 and 2015. Typically, South Africa is too hot for the notoriously fussy variety. However the coolest coastal regions show promise, including the Hemel-en-Aarde, on the Hermanus wine route, which benefits from the cool sea breezes of the Atlantic. Here, Berene Sauls, winemaker at Hamilton Russell, is working with Pinot Noir. She released her debut vintage – Tesselaarsdal Pinot Noir 2015 – this year.

Fun fact: The first mention of Pinot Noir was in 1375 when Duc Philippe le Hardi, the Duke of Burgundy, is recorded to have sent “6 queues et 1 poinçon de vin de Pinot vermeil” (25 hectolitres) to Bruges ahead of a diplomatic trip, according to Wine Grapes.

One Response to “South Africa’s top 10 fastest-growing grape plantings”

  1. Isaac says:

    I want to farm grape in Ghana, I want the one that is very sweet without seed.
    Could you please help me with contacts in South Africa where I can get grape plant to develop my seeding for planting.

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