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South Africa has wine farms older than many châteaux in France. The first vines were planted by Dutch Cape governor Jan van Riebeeck on the Wijnberg in 1654. Another governor, Simon van der Stel, founded Constantia in 1679, home to the historic sweet wine Vin de Constance.

But the modern South African wine industry is relatively young. Only really following the country's first fully democratic elections in 1994 did its wines return to the world stage. After finding its find its feet again, South Africa is producing some of the greatest wines in the world, and young, intrepid winemakers are making some of the most daring too.