South Africa produces some of the greatest wines in the World today but also many misunderstood wine. This beautiful but troubled nation has been producing wines since the Dutch founded the Cape Colony 350 years ago this year, take that Mr. Guinness your only a teenager. But it wasn’t until the arrival of French Huguenots in the 1680s that the local wine industry began to flourish, the dutch having interest in other pursuits even back then! The climate is central to South Africas wine industry as it is in every other wine producing nation. The climate coupled with the wine making traditions brought with the huguenots has ensured that South Africa’s wine style has developed into one which seamlessly blends thre restrained elegance elegance of the Old World with the accessable, fruit driven styles that the New Wolrd has to offer. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a breif look at the various wine producing regions in South Africa and some of their top wines.