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5 events that shaped the South African Wine industry

Posted by rod - 29.04.2011

5 events that shaped the South African Wine industry

1652 : In the 1600’s the spice trade flourished and Europeans sailed across Africa to the East to find the most exotic of spices. The journey was long and hard so the Dutch decided to create something like a halfway stop that would allow sailors to stock up on food and wine. Today this stop is known as Cape Town.

5 events that shaped the South African Wine industry

1685 : Constantia was used to produce wine, fruit, vegetables and cattle for the sailors on their journey to the East. Huge vineyards were planted and today it is known for its production of high-qualityred wines like Shiraz & Merlot.

5 events that shaped the South African Wine industry

1689 : The wine industry in South Africa was greatly influenced by the French Huguenots, many of whom had vineyards in France before arriving in South Africa. These settlers were allocated farms in Franschhoek, Afrikaans for ‘French corner’.5 events that shaped the South African Wine industry

1859 : In the late 1700’s wines from Constantia earned a great reputation across Europe. The area soon fell under British rule and large quantities of wine were exported to Britain. This was great for the industry, but in 1860 a free trade agreement was signed between France and Britain that lead to an increase in exports from France and limited exports from South Africa.

5 events that shaped the South African Wine industry

1994 : For much of the 20th century, the wine industry of South Africa received very little attention on the worldwide stage. It wasn’t until the early 1990’s when Apartheid ended and the world’s export market opened up that South African wines began to experience a renaissance.

 

 

5 events that shaped the South African Wine industry

This project was created by Greek designer Dimitra Tzanos, you might know her Moroccan Night or London Landmarks illustrations. The five events that shaped the South African Wine industrywas used as part of a Wine literature for the Athens based African-inspired restaurant Kozi’s.

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3 Comments (add yours?)
  • From: HvD
  • Jul 21, 2011

Creative?… yes.
Factual?…… where on earth did Dimitra find her “facts” about the “large group of Huguenots, many of whom had vineyards in France “……….

  • From: Empfohlene Internet-Seite
  • Oct 11, 2013

Hello, constantly i used to check webpage posts here in the early hours
in the morning, because i love to learn more and more.

”What else did the French do here in South Africa besides this and farming and erecting a building here and there? Compared to what the Italians did once they arrived here is laughable. Some of them were Waldensians (Vaudois) from the French-Italian Alps, and brought the method of making ”biltong” (Mocetta) along with them. ”Malan” is a perfect example of Waldensian history, being recorded in the USA,Switzerland,England, The Netherlands, Uruquay, and Argentina. All originate from the Waldensian Valleys of Piedmont at Torre Pellice and other villages like San Giovanni and D’Angrogna.

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