The wine of origin scheme is of paramount importance in protecting winemakers of a particular geographical region and consumer confidence. It stands to control the qualities of wines being produced in specific areas and assists the consumer identify what region their wine originates from. When a wine claims origin, statutory regulations ensure that the wine is 100% from that region.
Wine of Origin can be seen on the label of a wine bottle and only wines that meet the Wine of Origin criteria will be allowed to present such claims on their labels. In the case of Stellenbosch, one would be able to see the abbreviation W.O or Wine of Origin – Stellenbosch on the label.
Due to the variety of terroirs in South Africa, wines being produced in different areas will have many distinct qualities and characteristics. This can indeed be said for the unique quality of Cabernet being produced in Stellenbosch. The scheme acts to ensure that Stellenbosch Cabernet can be identified and its quality upheld on a local and international level.
For more information on how the demarcation of wine regions are categorised please visit: https://www.wosa.co.za/The-Industry/Wines-Of-Origin/Wine-Of-Origin-Scheme/
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