The following article was published in the Italian magazine, Spirito diVino Asia issue #6, written by Daniele Cernilli.
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South Africa is a country of great contrasts. Things have improved today thanks to the crucial national peace accord secured by Nelson Mandela, and a great deal has changed for the better in the past twenty years. However, as you leave Cape Town’s Airport, which has been named after Mandela himself, you cannot ignore the vast stretches of “townships” that are clearly visible from the road. Then, as you get to the Stellenbosch junction, everything changes: you enter an agricultural area and the landscape is now characterised by vineyards, orchards and even olive groves, giving it an almost Mediterranean feel. Were it not for the tall looming mountains, with their jagged forms and reddish colour, this could be a view from the Tuscan Maremma or Provence. But we are at the antipodes, around the 34th parallel of the southern hemisphere, which, in our own hemisphere, corresponds to the areas of Los Angeles and Lampedusa. Read more