Hock Of The Bay

BEAUMONT WINES

BEARING FRUIT: Walker Bay's ideal growing climate is helping its wines win an international reputation

Mention South Africa's wine regions and many people instinctively think of Stellenbosch, a half-hour drive east of Cape Town. But though it enjoys international celebrity, Stellenbosch produces just 11% of the country's wines — meaning that there are a great deal more wine districts to be discovered. Generating lots of buzz among oenophiles at the moment is Walker Bay, a relatively new wine-growing area a couple of hundred kilometers to the south. At harvest time, this coastal wine ward enjoys milder temperatures, thanks to the sea breezes produced by the Atlantic's cold Benguela current....

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