History

The indigenous people of the Western Cape are the Khoe-San. There are few of them left today and much of their language and culture has been lost. Bantu tribes from further north in Africa settled here, and Europeans arrived over 350 years ago. The Dutch introduced vines to the region, and in the late 17th century the Huguenots brought their viticulture experience from France, forever changing the face and fortunes of the Western Cape.