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South Africa

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The wine lands of South Africa have a rich history all the way back to first vineyard plantings in the Cape in 1655 by the first governor Jan van Riebeeck and today South Africa comes in at seventh place for world wine production. The winelands stretch from the stunning backdrop of Capetown’s Table Mountain to the riverine valleys of the Klein Karoo with approximately 100,600 hectares of land under vine within an 800km stretch. Grape varieties grown include Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Pinotage, a cross of Cinsault and Pinot Noir created
at Stellenbosch University in 1925. Sub-regions such as Constantia, Paarl, Walker Bay, Swartland, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch are justifiably famous as are the wines that are produced within them.