Tuesday, February 07, 2012

South African Wine

South Africa’s history of wine dates back to 1659. South African Wine production is centered around Cape Town, and there are major vineyard and production in Paarl, Stellenbosch and Worcester.

The South African wine industry can be traced back to explorations of the Dutch East Indian Company. A Dutch surgeon by the name Kan Van Riebeeck planted vineyards to produce wines and grapes, intended to help prevent scurvy amongst sailors.

South African wine is mostly made in small quantities but comes at very affordable prices. Buying wine directly from South Africa will give you a wine that might surprise, unlike the supermarket bought versions which are generally unimpressive. Many people have difficulty in the UK understanding what the fuss about South African wine is, but the truth is there are some very high quality wines which are just hard to come by.

Wine regions in South Africa include Constantia, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Breede River Valley, Overberg, and Klein Karoo.

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