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A small winery, able to produce about 700 bottles of Merlot every two years, has been built at a cost of about 200,000 rand ($18,100), the Johannesburg-based newspaper said, citing airport authorities. The cellar, established with the help of the Du Preez wine estate, is scheduled to start bottling by the end of 2015, Business Day said.
South Africa, the world’s 11th-largest exporter, started producing wine more than 300 years ago after Jan van Riebeeck founded a station for sailors to replenish supplies at the Cape of Good Hope in 1652.
Stellenbosch, the country’s main wine-growing center, was established later in the century, before Huguenots fleeing religious persecution in France planted vineyards in the neighboring Franschhoek valley.
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