In wine encyclopaedia you usually find only a few pages on South Africa. Not very logical, since in this country probably the biggest wine revolution worldwide is happening. This New Worldly wine country with the culture of the old world, has a unique ‘terroir’: a soft Mediterranean climate with influences from two oceans, an amalgam of different types of soil, that allow to grow different European grape varieties and also one indigenous blend. Jagged mountain chains create unique microclimates, which result in an enormous diversity in styles. But above all there are passionate people at work here, driven and with love for their terroir. At the beginning of the Nineties, freed from Apartheid, the country got out of its seclusion. With an unknown speed South Africa makes up lost ground and lays the foundation of a fantastic future, in harmony with its people, nature and lifestyle. The big wines of today have been formed by pioneers who set the pace for different styles of wine and different grape varieties. But there also is an incredibly strong new generation of winemakers. This book wants to be a tribute to both groups: grateful towards the pioneers, stimulating for the visionary.