South Africa | Breede River Valley
The Breede River Valley wine region is to be found in the Western Cape of South Africa. Surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges, the valley is responsible for a large proportion of the country's total wine production and stretches from Tulbagh in the north to McGregor in the south, with its namesake, the Breede River, flowing throughout the broad valley.
The largest town in the region is Worcester, which lies almost in the centre of the valley and is virtually equidistant from Tulbagh in the north and the regions other major town, Robertson, to the south-east.
Under South Africa’s “Wine of Origin” scheme the Breede River Valley encompasses the smaller wine producing districts of Worcester, Breedekloof and Robertson.
There are many different grape varieties grown in the region amongst which Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage and Shiraz are the most popular. The wineries range from small, boutique family owned operations to large co-operatives. Robertson is home to some of South Africa’s best know producers while Worcester has often been associated with the production of bulk wine and brandy distilling.