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The region stretches from Montagu in the west to Oudt-shoorn in the east. Its vineyards require irrigation and tend to be planted in or near river valleys. Chenin Blanc, the Cape's versatile grape variety with naturally high acidity, thrives here, making a range of styles from dry ? though short?lived ? whites, to sweet and rose wines. The fertile red shale?based Karoo soils and the deep, rich alluvium closer to the various rivers are better suited to Muscadel and other dessert wines, for which the area is well known. Most grapes are processed by co?ops although there are four wine estates: Boplaas produces excellent port?style wines.

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