High Constantia Winery, Origins in The Year 1693
High Constantia Winery is located in the Constantia Valley and is one of the best wine-producing regions of South Africa. Present in the heart of the region, the origins of the winery date back to the year 1693 when the farm belonged to the Dutch East India Company. At this time the estate was known as Wittebomen, due to the abundance of Silverleaf trees. The estate changed hands a number of times during the past years. The estate is currently run by David van Niekerk and produces high-quality wines. The wines reflect the features and qualities of their historic wine-producing region. The winemakers combine traditional ideas with modern and innovative techniques to produce the best wines, and the wines show shades of the estate’s glorious past.
The wines of High Constantia Winery reflect the local terrior and qualities of this historical wine-producing region.
Hand-Picked Vineyards and Great Soils at the Winery
The vineyards of High Constantia Winery are located at high altitude receiving constant sea breeze. The rainfall and temperature are ideal for vine cultivation and help with the grapes in ripening. The ocean, five kilometers away, plays a role in increasing the flavor and concentration of the grapes. The workers handpick all of the grapes at the estate, and transport them to the cellar which has a capacity of 100 tonnes. The soil has a high water retention and plays a significant role in the positive growth of the grapes.
Grape Varieties and Reserve Wines
The main grapes that grown in their vineyards High Constantia Winery include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Petit Verdot, and Sauvignon Blanc. The best grapes go into the production of their high-quality red, white, and sparkling wines with a great emphasis on high extraction and delicate concentration of flavors. The Reserve range of wines add a special element to any event and can be stored for several years for optimal drinking.