Wine: South Africa's wine redemption

Dr Eilis Cryan is on a one-woman mission to bring bespoke South African wine to Ireland, writes Tomás Clancy.

22nd January, 2012
Wine: South Africa's wine redemption
A South African vineyard under Table Mountain near Cape Town. Photo: Alamy

On February 2, 1659, Dutchman and physician Jan van Riebeeck noted in his diary that he had made fair and fine wine from vineyards he had planted in scrubland in what would later be called Constantia, on hills outside the Dutch East India Company's settlement of Cape Town.

Back in Europe, meanwhile, vast swathes of what would become Bordeaux's Medoc heartland were still marshlands, or underwater.

It would take decades of further work by van Riebeeck's fellow...

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