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The great wines of South Africa
In 2005, South Africa was the ninth largest wine producer in the world. The 2005 harvest is estimated at 593.1 million litres. It has 100,200 hectares of vineyards. The oldest vineyards of the country are those of the Cape Region with notably the vineyard of Constantia.
Since the 17th century, year 1659, the founder of an estate in Cape Town, Jan van Riebeeck, produced the first African wine. He visited the site during the exploration of the Dutch East India Company, which established a resupply outpost in Cape Town. However, it is only in the last century that the market for African wine exploded, with the movement of producers in the Western Cape in 1918 who created the "Koöperatieve Wijnbouwers Vereniging" (KWV), with the aim of increasing the production and quality of great African wines.
Find a prestigious selection of African wines on Comptoir des Millésimes.