The Worcester District is the largest in terms of winegrowing area and volume.
With around 18 750 ha planted, it
accounts for nearly 20% of the national vineyards and produces close on 27% of
South Africa's total volume of wine and spirits.
It's also the most important brandy
producing area and home to the KWV Brandy Cellar, the largest of its kind in the
Several of these cellars are
bottling quality wines under their own labels.
This district covers a large
proportion of the Breede River Valley and its tributaries. It is surrounded by
mountains on three sides and borders Robertson to the east.
There are marked variations between
the soils and mesoclimates in the different river valleys.
This district comprises several wards. The Goudini ward has as its hub the
village of Rawsonville, surrounded by vineyards which flourish on a flat
landscape of alluvial valley soils with adequate drainage as they rest on a bed
of river stones.
There are some 18 wineries in a radius of 8 miles on the Breedekloof Wine Route.