Welcome to Klein Constantia
Dutch merchant Duggie Jooste purchased the Klein Constantia estate in 1980, then spent the decades that followed restoring it to its former status among the wine world's elite.
The roots of this estate's success story reach far back in history. It was founded in 1685 by the first governor of the Cape of Good Hope as part of Constantia. Even in the 18th century, the estate on the Cape was known around the world, not least for the unique terroir of the region. The cool climate is ideally suited for growing Muscat de Frontignan, a variety still used in the legendary 'Vin de Constance' dessert wine. Napoleon Bonaparte himself was a huge fan of Cape of Good Hope wines and purportedly demanded a bottle of 'Vin de Constance' on his deathbed. Frederick the Great, Marie-Antoinette and George Washington are also known to have had these sweet bottles delivered directly to their residences. At its peak, the wine was mentioned frequently in the writings of authors, poets and wine aficionados. That past glory sets the bar high, but the vintages of the modern incarnation of this estate are equal to the task. 'Vin de Constance' is once again the finest South African dessert wine of all times. 5 stars from John Platter, the wine bible of South Africa, and 95 Parker Points make the case impressively.