You love South African wines, but did you know that these fine wines have a fascinating story? In our online shop for South African wines we take you on a journey through time and reveal the moving significance of wine in South African history.
The beginnings of viticulture in South Africa
The history of South African viticulture dates back to the 17th century, when the Dutch East India Company established Cape Town as a supply station for its ships. The first vines were planted and it wasn't long before viticulture played a significant role in the region.
Wine as currency
During colonial times, wine was so valuable in South Africa that it served as currency. The Winemaker and winemakers paid their workers partly in wine, and the wine trade played a central role in the country's economic life.
The emergence of the South African wine industry
The South African wine industry has grown enormously in importance over the centuries. The Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl regions are now world-famous for their world-class wines. The legacy of the European immigrants who brought their winemaking skills to South Africa lives on in every glass of South African wine.
Wine in the apartheid era
Apartheid was a dark period in South African history, but even during that time, wine played a role. black Winemaker were often excluded from selling their own grapes and had to work under difficult conditions. But some of them still made impressive wines that are now seen as symbols of resistance and survival.
Reconciliation and change
With the end of apartheid, South African viticulture experienced a new boom. The wine industry opened up to new talent and diversity. Today many are black Winemaker and wine producers are actively involved in the industry and have a significant influence on it. The meaning of wine today: South African wine stands for diversity, quality and renewal. It combines the country's history with modern viticulture and is a reflection of the change and development that South Africa has undergone. In our online shop you can taste this fascinating story in every drop of South African wine. Not only are you supporting a great wine tradition, but you are also supporting the people who carry this story forward. History, culture and enjoyment - all of this comes together in South African wines. Discover the flavors and traditions that make these wines so unique in our shop. A sip of history in every glass. Cheers!