South Africa is one of the world’s key wine nations, despite its isolated position at the very southern tip of the African continent.
South Africa has been producing wine since the first vines were planted in the 17th century, brought by the Dutch governors of Cape Colony. The climate here is generally mild, with the coastal growing areas cooled by the ocean breezes and an icy current from Antarctica. These are ideal conditions for growing wine grapes. The wine growing regions are concentrated around Cape Town, with the most famous districts being Stellenbosch and Paarl.