The Portuguese colonized Cape Verde, a group of islands located 500 km of the northwestern coast of Africa in the 15th century. It gained independence in 1975. The Cape Verde islands cover an area of 4,033 km² with Praia as the capital. The main language spoken is Portuguese. Cape Verde has a tropical climate with warm summers and very little precipitation. A general dry season runs from December to July and the warm and wetter season is between the months of August and November. There are several airlines that fly to Cape Verde, which includes direct flights from the United Kingdom and Portugal.
There are no specific named wine regions but the main grape growing area is on the island of Fogo. Grape harvest takes place in mid June.