Wine growing areas in South Africa enjoy a Mediterranean climate along with mountain slopes and valleys. This allows for the successful hosting of the Vitis vinifera grape (which was also brought to Chile). Long summers and mild, wet winters make for favorable viticulture conditions. In fact, vineyards have been planted in South Africa since the 17th Century. Though Dutch settlers there had little winemaking experience, the French Huguenots that followed began to develop and industry. Today fine wines are produced from Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, and Shiraz and Pinot Noir. There are also local cross varieties including a red variety, Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Hermitage (Cinsaut) that is now grown in abundance. Enjoy Marcel Flori’s comments on South African Wine. In-person classes will include a carefully selected tasting. Online students will receive the wine list for the class. They may purchase the wine for their use at home. Students must be 21 years of age or older to enroll.