April 28 2015  |  Spirits & Tobacco

Groot Constantia celebrates 330 years of wine production

By Wendy Morley

Groot Constantia wines have collectively won 82 gold medals since 2003

South Africa’s oldest wine-producing farm, with an uninterrupted record of wine production since 1685, celebrated its anniversary with a festive event including harvesters, staff and the winemaker. The wine produced from this harvest will be bottled as a special commemorative vintage.

The winery has a long history of excellence, with numerous fans within the world’s royal families and world leaders. Groot Constantia wines have collectively won 82 gold medals since 2003.

According to Boela Gerber, winemaker for Groot Constantia, the terroir is central to the success of the estate is its terroir. “People and their influences come and go but the terroir has remained the same,” he says. “Groot Constantia’s terroir consists of nine different soil types on slopes facing in various directions and at different altitudes. This is coupled with cool maritime air blown in by the predominant Southeast breezes during the growing season.”

Dr Ernest Messina, Chairman of the Groot Constantia Trust, reiterated what a momentous achievement 330 years of wine production is. “This is a very special moment in Groot Constantia’s history. Thank you to everyone who has worked towards the estate’s success – some staff have been with us for over 30 years! We look forward to a long and successful future for South Africa’s oldest wine estate; what we do today will determine how people will celebrate Groot Constantia in the future.”

“This is an achievement that cannot be claimed by any other wine farm in South Africa – nor in the Southern Hemisphere,” says Jean Naudé, General Manager of Groot Constantia.

Groot Constantia's range will be available for tasting at the Diverse Flavours booth at TFWA AP in Singapore, including the winery's 2013 Chardonnay, which has been judged Best in the World at the recent 22nd annual Chardonnay du Monde competition.


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