One of the most beautiful and important wine regions in the world (export in 2018/ 2019, 414.6 million liters) is undoubtedly South Africa - a superlative in every respect. As a person from central Europe one is just overwhelmed, even after 10 years of visiting, by the power of exuberantly growing nature on the intense red clay soils, the wonderful climate with the omnipresent cooling breeze, thanks to the Benguela Current coming out of Antarctica, in the coastal regions of the Western Cape. The golden light that vanishes evening after evening in indescribable sunsets, the friendliness of the people, that you can find everywhere and the high quality of produced food and wine ..
[Few details on the 4 South African wine regions: Breede River Valley Distrikt Breedekloof, Robertson, Worcester & Swellendam Klein Karoo District of Calitzdorp, Langeberg-Garcia, Montagu, Tradouw, Tradouw Highlands, Upper Langkloof and Outeniqua Coastal Region District Cape Point,Tulbagh,Tygerberg with wards Durbanville and Philadelphia. District of Paarl with ward Franschhoek Valley, Wellington and Simonsberg-Paarl and Voor Paardeberg. Stellenbosch District with Banghoek, Jonkershoek Valley and Papegaaiberg, Simonsberg-Stellenbosch, Bottelary, Devon Valley, Polkadraai Hills. District of Swartland with Riebeekberg and Malmesbury. District Darling with Groenekloof and Constant Olifants River District Citrusdal Mountain with Piekenierskloof. District Citrusdal Valley, Lutzville Valley with Koekenaap. Districts Spruitdrift, Vredendal and Bamboes Bay Districts and wards not assigned to any region in the Western Cape: District of Overberg with wards Klein River, Elgin, Greyton, Theewater District Walker Bay with wards Bot River, Hemel-en-arde Valley, Upper hemel-en-aarde Valley, Sunday's Glen Cape Agulhas District with Elim District Plettenberg Bay with Cederberg, Ceres, Herbertsdale, Ruiterbosch, Swartberg, Prince Albert Valley, Lamberts Bay. Districts and wards not assigned to any region in Northern Cape are Douglas District with the wards Hartswater, Lower Orange, Rietrivier FS.]
Wine is an incredibly important topic in the Western Cape. In its production and the tourism what comes with it, it offers more than 300,000 people work and prospects. In the years between 2011 and 2019 I noticed an incredibly positive development of the philosophy of life in younger generations, in their ideas and visions for a viable future in South Africa. So you can find a strong positive energy alongside the, of course, many serious political problems that people in the country are confronted with on a daily basis. But the development for the better is visible. My hopes for this country are high .