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Författare: Xu Jiang.
Mit dieser gemeinsamen Publikation werden umfassend die Arbeiten der beiden Künstler der Kunstakademie Hangzhou, Professor Xu Jiang und Professor Shi Hui, vorgestellt. Zentraler Fokus beider Werke bildet die Auseinandersetzung mit der Natur, wobei Herangehensweise und Deutung sich grundlegend unterscheiden und zu einem spannenden Dialog führen.>
South African wine has a history dating back to 1659, with the first bottle produced in Cape Town by its founder Jan van Riebeeck. Access to international markets led to new investment in the South African wine market. The roots of the South African wine industry can be traced to the explorations of the Dutch East India Company, which established a supply station in what is now Cape Town. A Dutch surgeon, Jan van Riebeeck, was assigned the task of managing the station and planting vineyards to produce wines and grapes. Many growers gave up on winemaking, and instead chose to plant orchards and alfalfa fields to feed the growing ostrich feather industry. For much of the 20th century, the South African wine industry received minimal international attention. Its isolation was exacerbated by the boycotts of South African products in protest against the country’s system of Apartheid.
Inland Mountain chains such as the Hottentots-Holland greatly influence the different macroclimates and terroir among South African wine regions. South Africa is located at the tip of the African continent with most wine regions located near the coastal influences of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. These regions have a mostly Mediterranean climate that is marked by intense sunlight and dry heat. Winters tend to be cold and wet with potential snowfall at higher elevations. South Africa are defined and can appear on wine labels. As of 2003, South Africa was 17th in terms of area planted with vines, with the country owning 1.