1655 - First vines were planted in South Africa
When the Dutch East India Company first arrived in Cape Town in 1655, Dutch sailor and colonial governor Jan van Riebeeck planted the first vines. At the extremity of the continent, between the South Atlantic Ocean and False Bay to the east, Constantia hosted the first planting. However, the first vines in the nation were not planted to make wine but rather to produce grapes to prevent scurvy in sailors traveling the Spice Route. The initial results weren’t promising, but when more colonists came, they contributed viticulture and winemaking knowledge and tradition.
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