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SA wine history: Some delicious early correspondence regarding Constantia wine

I’ve previously written about the role of slaves in the SA wine industry, and not only from the point of view of anonymous, thankless,...

SA Wine History: On Unsustainable Wine Prices – Then and Now

At the recent 2019 Vinpro Information Day, chairman Anton Smuts said wine producers are accepting prices that are ‘too low’ – far lower than...

SA wine history: The TWO celebrated producers of legendary Constantia wine

In my last column, I introduced the Colijns of Constantia who were all but written out of history during the Apartheid years because of...

SA wine history: The largely forgotten Colijns of Constantia

When it comes to the history of Constantia, there are certain stories that every wine lover has heard time and time again. Napoleon drinking...

SA wine history: On the origins of Constantia

It’s time to introduce Constantia, the vast farm awarded to Cape commander Simon van der Stel on 13 July 1685, the sub-divisions of which...

SA wine history: On the ‘lazy life’ of early alcohol retail...

Over the past few months, I have shown that wine was produced at the Cape from 1659 onwards. To start with there wasn’t much...

SA wine history: On the Impact of the French Huguenots

When I started writing about the very earliest history of South African wine a couple of months ago, I ruffled a few feathers with...

Joanne Gibson: Yule Thank Us – Christmas in the winelands

If the thought of slaving over a hot stove this silly season has you feeling more Claus-trophobic than Santa-mental, there’s no need to brace...