South Africa is considered a new world wine country, but the winemaking tradition dates back over 350 years to February 1659, when the first grapes were pressed and South Africa’s wine story began.

Wine was first produced there with the primary aim of warding off scurvy.

Today South Africa exports around 400 million litres of wine; nearly half of this goes to the UK and Germany.



There are over 112,700 hectares of vineyard in South Africa.

The 2011 wine grape harvest is estimated at 1 279 017 tons.

Walt Disney serves South African wine exclusively at its 73-acre Animal Kingdom Lodge in the United States.

High temperatures in the Capelands during the summer (Nov-Apr) are reduced by the wind, known locally as the Cape Doctor, which helps to prevent disease and cures bunch rot.


South Africa is the 8th largest producer of wine in the world producing nearly 3.8% of the world’s wine.

Pinotage – a cross between the grapes Pinot Noir and Cinsaut (a.k.a. Hermitage), was invented in South Africa in 1925.

Chenin Blanc is the most widely planted variety in South Africa