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THE WINE FARMS SOUTH AFRICA DIRECTORY

 

Welcome to the Wine Farms South Africa Directory!  We hope to bring you informative content on our magnificent Wine regions...The site includes information on Wine Estates, Wine Tasting, Wine Sales, Wine Cellars, Accommodation, Wedding Venues and much more!

 

History of wine in South Africa

In 1652 The Dutch East India Company landed at the Cape and established a trading station in the which soon led to a flourishing wine industry and later to the birth of a nation! 

Jan van Riebeeck, the first governor of the Cape, planted a vineyard in 1655, and on 2 February 1659, the first wine was made from Cape grapes. This led to the planting of vines on a larger scale at Roschheuvel, known today as Bishopscourt and Wynberg.  Van Riebeeck strongly encouraged farmers to plant vineyards although initially they were most reluctant. 

There were many setbacks in the beginning, chiefly because of the farmers' ignorance of viticulture. Things improved when Van Riebeeck was succeeded in 1679 by Simon van der Stel, who was not only enthusiastic but very knowledgeable about viticulture and wine making.  He planted a vineyard on his farm Constantia and was soon producing some very good wine.   Later, Constantia was acquired by the Cloete family and their wines became world-famous. To this day, Constantia wines are considered some of the best in the world.

The Dutch had almost no wine tradition and it was only after the French Huguenots settled at the Cape between 1680 and 1690 that the wine industry really began to flourish, leaving in its wake a permanent impression on our wine industry, and on life at the Cape.

 

Wine Routes

The Wine Farms South Africa Directory will guide you through South Africa's vineyards, most of which are situated in the Western Cape near the coast. Rainfall on the coastal side, where fynbos and renosterveld vegetation flourish, measures up to 1 000 mm per year.   The most diverse South African Wine regions are found in The Western Cape, especially the Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek regions as well as along the famous Route 62 and in the Klein Karoo

Wine Routes include Constantia, Paarl, Stellenbosch, Worcester, Wellington, Robertson, Swartland and Route 62.

Wine Estates are very popular Wedding Venues and always make for an idyllic setting with magnificent views!

The Northern Cape and Free State also produce some great South African wines.  Wine producing regions include the district of Douglas and three wards ‚ Hartswater, Lower Orange as well as Rietrivier in the neighbouring Free State province.

The head office of Orange River Wine Cellars is located in Upington, a town in the Northern Cape Province on the banks of the mighty Orange River.  It has established five wineries, namely Kakamas, Keimoes, Upington, Grootdrink and Groblershoop. The wine grapes of Orange River Wine Cellars originate from 900 expert grape farmers all along the Orange River, also known as the Great Gariep.

More than just an excellent range of wine farms, the Wine Farms South Africa Directory offers visitors information on the unique cuisine, the warmth and hospitality of the people, accommodation, Wedding Venues and the mystique of this glorious landscape. The Wine Farms South Africa Directory invites you to toast our great variety!  

 

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