Fohn Wine Case Study

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PART B1 CHARACTERISTICS OF THE WINE COUNTRY. The wine in question is a 2012 Meerlust Rubicon, this wine is from South Africa. The topography of South Africa. Due to the Drakensburg mountain range, the weather is affected rather majorly, due to the mountain range affecting the way the winds blow in certain areas of South Africa, for example the Berg or Fohn winds that blow over the Western Cape region, are very warm, and affect the weather in this area, thus affecting the soils and growing conditions associated within the area, for wines. SOIL AND…show more content…
The climatic conditions in South Africa have a large variance, from Mediterranean, in the southwestern corner, to temperate in the interior plateau of South Africa, most of the country is warm, although some parts can get colder through the year, for example the annual average temperature in Cape Town can be as low as 17ºC. Although maximum temperatures can reach upwards of 35 degrees Celsius, in some parts of South Africa the temperature can drop to well below 0. Frost also forms in the colder areas during the winter months, such as in Cape Town, during the winter months, in Cape Town, frost gets bad that it can actually kill the vines, also the Cape Area the winds can increase to extreme proportions, that can actually damage and destroy grape vines in the area, and also destroy a lot of land and property in the area. Within the cape regions, the climate is one that has a wet summer and a dry winter, but in the other areas such as the olifants region, this region is pretty much dry all year round, and barely ever rains, thus the area is very dry and never really gets to wet, in fact the rainfall in the area barely averages 400ml per year. Climactic influences on wines, in South

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