What's in a name?

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A quirky little tale in the trade history of South Africa and the UK illustrates how easily things can go awry. Bellingham, one of South Africa's oldest and best-loved wine estates, is itself the unintended consequence of an Anglo-South African misunderstanding, but one with a happy ending.

The now famous estate, some 80km north of Cape Town, was originally known by its French appelation 'Bellinchamp' (pretty fields). It was founded in 1693 by a Huguenot family headed by Hollander Gerrit Janz van Vuuren and his French Huguenot wife who toiled the virgin soil and planted the first 1,000 vines.

It is not recorded when the incident happened, but the first consignment of the estate's wine to be shipped to London had...

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