In other parts of the world, there is evidence that wine production began sometime around 6000 BC. Cultivation of grapes spread to Egypt, on to Greece and Italy and further into what is today Europe. But it wasn’t until the 17th century that explorers brought wine grapes to other regions, including South Africa. These vines, some now hundreds of years old, produce nearly 1 billion liters of wine.
The cape of South Africa has ideal wine growing conditions, with a climate very similar to the Mediterranean. Recently, the Wine of Origin system has been introduced to identify the differences that terroir make on the characteristics found in South African wine.