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For us, it is really far away: about 10,000 kilometers away, the wine country in the very south of Africa, where the sailors once stopped on their long way to and from India. Here, they not only stocked up on provisions, but also on water and even more preferably on wine. Wine, which has also been pressed here since the 17th century, introduced by ship's doctor, merchant and expedition leader Jan van Riebeeck, who had the first vines brought from France and pressed the first wine here in 1659. But this is history, 355 years old history, which can be looked up in any good wine encyclopedia. What is much more interesting, however, is the status that wines from South Africa - after many ups and downs - have today. Mostly, they are counted to the "new" wine world, which may be stylistically quite true, but historically wrong.