Many people think of South Africa as a new world wine and group it in with Australia and New Zealand but it was way back in the middle of the 17th century that wine-making was introduced in South Africa.  Jan van Riebeeck, Commander of the Cape, was charged with the task of planting vineyards for wines and grapes that could be used to ward off scurvy for sailors continuing on their voyages along the spice route. The first harvest took place on April 6, 1652. The Dutch had almost no wine tradition and it was only after the French Huguenots settled at the Cape between 1680 and 1690 that the wine industry began to flourish. When the area fell under British rule, large quantities of Cape wine was exported to Great Britain. …