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False Bay Vineyards


Paul Boutinot

COUNTRY: South Africa
REGION: Western Cape
APPELLATION: Coastal Region

Since 1994, Paul Boutinot has been actively involved in cultivating vineyards within the South African wine region, notably in Stellenbosch. In addition to his endeavors with Waterkloof Vineyards, he embarked on an independent venture with False Bay Vineyards. This new venture was named after South Africa's renowned bay, which encompasses many of the country's exceptional wine regions. It was within this backdrop that the aspiration to make "real" wine accessible to all began to take shape. 

At False Bay Vineyards, the cultivation of old vineyards follows a certified sustainable approach, maintaining natural balance and yielding high-quality raw materials for crafting unique wines. Winemaking practices strictly adhere to the use of indigenous wild yeasts and involve minimal intervention to accentuate the aromatic and flavor characteristics inherent to the varieties sourced from this terroir. 

This approach results in the production of wines from both indigenous varieties like Pinotage and various French varieties, primarily crafting single-varietal wines sourced from specific vineyards. Notably, even in the present day, creating wine in this manner at such a budget-friendly price point remains an uncommon occurrence.

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Wine Region:

Western Cape

Western Cape is the main wine province in South Africa. It includes most of the vineyards in the country, and produces strong red wines a la Rhone all the way to nuanced Sauvignon Blancs. Western Cape hosts two wine regions: Paarl and Stellenbosch. 

The wine regions here reach from Cape Town to the Olifants River and Mossel Bay to the north and east, respectively. Inland, the Great Karoo Desert has a semi-arid influence. Although rainy and cool weather occurs, the climate is mainly Mediterranean. The Langeberg Range, Hottentot Hollands, Riversonderend, and Cederberg mountains in the Western Cape contribute mesoclimates and soil integral to premium viticulture. Granite, shale, and sandstone are dominant throughout the area, while loam and alluvium are found in the Berg, Breed, and Olifants rivers up north. 

Featured Grape Varieties: 
Chenin Blanc 
Sauvignon Blanc
Cabernet Sauvignon

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