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Joanne Gibson: 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...

Joanne Gibson: 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...

Joanne Gibson: On the ‘lazy life’ of early alcohol retail in...

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...

Joanne Gibson: 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...

Joanne Gibson: On early market demand and the first wine ‘experts’...

In his article on the first grape varieties planted at the Cape, Tim James says: ‘Viticulture was not much of a science in those...

Joanne Gibson: On the long-gone vineyards of Cape Town suburbia

‘At the Rondebosje, the vineyard is flourishing lustily,’ wrote the fourth commander of the Cape, Jacob Borghorst, in a despatch to the Lords XVII...

Joanne Gibson: On some early opinions regarding Cape Wine

This week will see over 1,000 visitors from more than 40 countries descend on the Cape Town International Convention Centre for Cape Wine 2018,...