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SA Wine History: Fighting for Vergelegen, then and now

As the editor wrote last week, Vergelegen seems set for great things again, now that virus-free vines are reaching full maturity following an extensive...

SA Wine History: A Wine Even Better than Constantia

In my last column, I had a look at some of the Cape’s best wines after Constantia. But did you know there was a...

SA Wine History: What were the best wines after Constantia?

In my last column, which looked at Napoleon’s fondness for vin de Constance (Constantia wine), I referred to pioneering wine critic André Jullien’s encyclopaedic...

SA Wine History: Napoleon’s favourite Cape wine – and did it...

‘Napoleon really didn’t enjoy himself on St Helena but helped a bit,’ said Lisa Honan, Her Excellency the Governor of Saint Helena, Ascension...

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...