( about South African wine )

a brief history

“Today, praise the Lord, wine was made from Cape grapes.”
– February 2nd, 1659. Johan Anthoniszoon “Jan” van Riebeeck.1st Commander of the Cape Dutch East Company.

Johan Anthoniszoon “Jan” van Riebeeck, a 33-year-old surgeon, arrived in the Cape in 1652 on orders from his employer, The Dutch East India Company, thought to be the first multinational company in the world to establish a provisioning station for its ships after the Dutch Government of the day had provided them with the monopoly to conduct trade on “the spice route.”

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