South Africa is considered a New World wine country, however, its wine making dates back to the 1650s with the arrival of the Dutch and later the French Huguenots.
The Cape winelands, situated at the southernmost tip of Africa, enjoy a Mediterranean climate with cool wet winters and warm dry summers that suit a mainstream of European grape varieties. Considerable new capital has been invested in the Cape's wine industry so that today it consistently produces ever improving quality.
Pinotage, a blend of Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is the recognised grape of South Africa while white grape production is dominated by Chenin Blanc, or Steen.
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