Tuesday, February 21, 2012

South African Wine

The history of wine is South Africa can be dated back to the 17th century. It began back in 1659, when a Dutch East Indian Company was exploring the area. A Dutch surgeon named Kan Van Reibeeck produced his own grapes and wine (planting vineyeards), he did this to help prevent scurvy among the sailors.

South African Wine is difficult to find – with the supermarket versions not being very impressive. South African wine does have a good reputation, however, with good high quality wines being available directly from the country itself. These wines are obviously difficult to find but internet shops are helping make them more accessable.

There are many wine regions in South Africa, including Constantia, Stellenbosch and Paarl, as well as many others.

One of the main attractions of buying South African wine is that it’s very well priced. Some examples of popular South African wine include Linton Park Shiraz, Standveld First Sighting Pinot Noir and Zevenwacht Primitivo Stellenbosch. All of these wines are priced under £20, with Linton Park Shiraz being available online for £10.

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