THE STORY OF SOUTH AFRICAN WINE
In 1969, french Huguenots came to South Africa and bought with them traditions and wine making expertise from France.
They settled in the Cape Colony in an area now called franscloek (Afnkaanst for french Corner).
In 1859 more than one million gallons of South African wine were exported to Britain
It was in 1652 when Jan. van Riebeeck created the first white settlement in South Africa. He was a Dutch colonial administrator who was given the task of planting vineyards to create wine and grapes for the sailors that were passing
through Cape Town on their journeys to the east.
In 1685 simon vander stel purchased a 1850 acre estate just outside cape town and established largest wine estate in south Africa called Constantia.
In early 1900's more than 80 billion wines has been planted creating a wine take effect and of excess wine. some producers poured unstable wine into local rivers.
In the late 1980's and 1990's Apartheid ended the world's export market opened. Many producers in South Africa quickly adopted new winemaking technologies while the International influences brought well known varieties such as
Shiraz, Cabernet Savignon and Clardonnay.