and vivid green pastures dotted with brilliant facades of 300 year old Cape
Dutch homesteads. The reality is that the vineyards, cellars and wines have
changed beyond recognition.
Cape boasts the oldest geology in the wine-growing world, much is also made of
the fact that these soils nurture the richest floral kingdom on earth. In this
region, a collison of warm African air with the cool Atlantic creates a perfect
environment for grape growing.
KWV, the giant co-operative designed to provide market control prices during
Apartheid inhibited independent estates from starting up and did little for the
region’s quality. However, since 1994 a new generation of young winemakers who
have travelled the world and soaked up techniques and inspiration are in
control and the results have been incredible. After decades of turmoil, the South African
wine industry has a happy ending in sight.