Constantia Wine

 

Constantia is just outside of Cape Town, in the lower slopes of Constantiaberg Mountain in South Africa’s Cape Point region. The Constantia estate, which produced the famous red dessert wine Vie de Constance, was established in 1685 by Cape Town’s first governor Simon van der Stel. The wine, made from Muscat Blanc and Red Muscat, had a special place in the hearts and cellars of many nobles and celebrities for the next couple of hundred years. But once the Phylloxera and oidium (powdery mildew) outbreaks took their toll, the winery was shut down for a long period. It was finally revived in the 1970s as Groot Constantia. Four other wineries make up this tiny region: Buitenverwachting, Klein Constantia (which, along with Groot Constantia make up the trifecta that was created when the original Constantia estate was diveded in the early 1700s), Constantia Uitsig and Steenberg. 
 
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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Yeah - SA has really made strides over the past few years. Under apartheid they ... was still from Napa.)And the Constantia was once one of the world's most acclaimed wines. I love sweet wines, so I'm a fa Read More

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  • Silvermist Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    Visited the Estate in South Africa and the Wines are truly SPECTACULAR Read More

    Wine review by Silvermist Vineyards


  • Klein Constantia Estate Red 2012

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    Had this with dinner at Mercat Bistro.Well balanced medium body blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot & Malbec, Smooth with the earthiness and spice of the Malbec. Nice value. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Groot Constantia Shiraz 2003

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    Wine review by MRSBCO


  • I would have served a Burgundy with venison but who am I to criticise Her ... ... the aperitif and the Klein Constantia is a sweet Muscat from South Africa that probably came out with the chocolate deser Read More

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  • The newspapers this morning in the UK had reports of last night's  ... Haut-Brion Graves 1989Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2008Warres Vintage Port 19 Read More

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  • Klein Constantia Muscat Constantia Vin de Constance 2007

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    Wine review by runningbear


  • Buitenverwachting Viognier 3rd Time Lucky 2012

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    Wine review by mikalweiss


  • Klein Constantia Vin de Constance Dessert Wine 2006

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    A beautiful desert wine like few others, although also goes very well as an after dinner wine by itself. Full of flavors. Sadly very hard to find here in the US. Read More

    Wine review by acakeandwine


  • We'll need to stop by Ridge the next time we head out to Napa on a wine ... ... a small bit of the Klein Constantia 'Vin de Constance' South African sweet wine that I talked about in a previous posting.  It still has a very nice taste to i Read More

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