Despite 350 years of history, only a few people in Europe and North America are familiar with South African wine. Due to the boycotts of South African products in protest against the country’s system of apartheid, the wine industry received minimal international attention for much of the 20th century. Way back in the 18th and 19th centuries the wines of Constantia (the oldest wine region in South Africa) were one of the most popular globally, consumed by Russian Czars, British Monarchs, Frederic the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte. The iconic Vin de Constance, produced by Klein Constantia, pays tribute to those early wines.
Today, a global leader in best wine practice in terms of traceability, sustainable production and ethical and environmental certification, South Africa is home to over 300 vineyards concentrated around Cape Town. The combination of delicious wines, beautiful landscapes, centuries old architecture and awe-inspiring food; makes wine tasting one of the best ways to spend a day in Cape Town.