Background

Klein Constantia lies on the narrow Cape Peninsula that juts into the South Atlantic ocean, some 20 kilometres from Cape Town. Set amid trees and lush greenery on the slopes of Constantia Mountain, with superb views across the valley and False Bay, it has frequently been described as one of the worlds most beautiful vineyard locations.

LOCATION
Klein Constantia lies on the narrow Cape Peninsula that juts into the South Atlantic ocean, some 20 kilometres from Cape Town. Set amid trees and lush greenery on the slopes of Constantia Mountain, with superb views across the valley and False Bay, it has frequently been described as one of the worlds most beautiful vineyard locations. A Cape Dutch homestead graces the 146 hectare estate and the winery, with its vaulted barrel maturation cellars, was partially sunk below ground level to minimise its impact. It is the only wine cellar in Southern Africa to have won a merit award from the South African Institute of Architects who rated it "a sensitive adornment to an important historical estate." 

HISTORY

The cradle of South African winemaking is the verdant valley of Constantia, where in 1685 the first Dutch Governor, Simon van der Stel, secured a land grant from the ruling Dutch East India Company. He named it Constantia - and planted some 100,000 vines. The vineyards of Klein (small) Constantia were once part of this historic farm. It was in these vineyards that grapes were grown for the world-famous Constantia wijn, sought-after by the 18th and 19th century aristocracy, requested by Napoleon, and praised in the novels of Dickens and Jane Austen.

International Wine authority Hugh Johnson has this to say of the wines:
"From these Elysian fields used to come one of the very greatest wines of the world. Constantia was bought by the European courts in the early 19th century in preference to Yquem, Tokay, Madeira...an indication that the Cape is capable of producing wines of the very highest class."

VINEYARDS
56 Hectares are under vine, the altitude ranges from 77-345 metres above sea-level. The estate has two distinct meso-climates. The low and warm North-facing slopes are ideal for red varieties; the cool higher South-facing slopes favour white varieties.

Vineyard upgrading started in 1982 and today the work continues with 10 Hectares of new plantings being established. 56 % of plantings are white varietals comprising (in order of quantities) Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat de Frontignan, Chardonnay and Rhine Riesling. The red varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot.

WINES
Please visit www.kleinconstantia.com for full details of our wines.

KEY PEOPLE
Klein Constantia was bought by Zdenek Bakala and Charles Harman in June 2011 from the Jooste family, who had previously been involved in the South African wine industry for four generations. Duggie Jooste bought the farm in a run-down condition in 1980 and immediately initiated a restoration and replanting programme bringing the iconic sweet wine, Vin de Constance back to life in 1986 with the help of his son, Lowell. In 2012, Klein Constantia merged with Stellenbosch farm, Anwilka, and acquired two new shareholders, Bruno Prats and Hubert de Bouard

Hans Astrom is the current Managing Director and the winemaking team comprises Matthew Day as winemaker and Craig Harris as viticulturist.


Klein Constantia Estate
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