Old and New Combined

©Roger de la Harpe
Constantia is the oldest wine region in South Africa.
©Chris Daly
New innovations in wine production help to expand the wine industry in South Africa.
©Louise Brodie
Cabernet Sauvignon wine grapes.

Wine was first produced in South Africa in the 1650s, Cape wine was sought after in the 18th and 19th centuries when, famously, Napoleon Bonaparte and Jane Austen (unlikely bedfellows if ever there were) respectively drank, and wrote about the sweet Constantia wine. Fortunately, it is now being deliciously reproduced and is once again on sale to emperors, novelists and others, alongside other varieties of South African wines, like Pinotage and Chenin blanc.

There have been many changes in the 350 odd years, that South Africa has been growing and producing wines. New attitudes, methods, technologies, understanding and enthusiasm have revolutionized the way wine is made and enormous investments in capital and expertise have improved production at every level.

While our winemakers still treasure some old and established varietals and styles, there is a tremendous excitement within this vibrant and constantly expanding industry.

By Louise Brodie

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