Sparkling wine has been around for a long time, and it was during the 1600s that it became a commodity desired by the wealthy of European society. In the early 1600s, there was vin gris, which was a wine that underwent an unplanned second fermentation as it was being shipped to England.
South Africa is one of the most intriguing wine regions in the world. The oldest ‘New World’ wine region, it began producing wine in the mid 1600’s following the Dutch invasion in 1652. Jan van Riebeeck, a Dutch surgeon, was placed in charge of planting and growing vineyards, and in 1659 the first harvest for wine took place, beginning a tradition of viticulture that now has 60 distinct appellations.