1655 CE
Grape wines are first planted in South Africa by Jan van Riebeeck

In 1655, Dutch colonial administrator Jan van Riebeeck plants grape wine in Cape Town, South Africa. Several years later, in 1659, van Riebeeck wrote in his diary: "Today, praise be to God, wine was made for the first time from Cape grapes, mostly Muscadel, and other white round grapes, very fragrant and tasty." This first harvest produced about 15 liters of wine.

Source: Estreicher, S. K. (2014). A Brief History of Wine in South Africa. European Review.

Drugs: Alcohol
Regions: Africa
Topics: Cultivation, production and trade