“Wine has been made on the Cape of Good Hope since the mid 17th century, which means that South Africa has a much longer, unbroken history of winemaking than either Australia or California. Even today the influence of the Cape Dutch, the original settlers, is strong, as witness the scalloped white gables of many a winery and the Afrikaans names, which many potential wine importers find so difficult to pronounce.”
— Jancis Robinson MW
Klein Constantia: In May 2011, historic wine estate Klein Constantia was purchased by Czech-American investor and philanthropist Zdenĕk Bakala, who resides in Switzerland, and UK-based businessman, Charles Harman.
The lusciously sweet wine of Constantia, also known as Vin de Constance, was world famous before Champagne or even the Médoc rose to prominence. Following the merger of Klein Constantia and Anwilka Vineyards in June 2012, Klein Constantia (Pty) Ltd gained two new shareholders, Bruno Prats (former owner of Chateau Cos d’Estournel in Saint-Estèphe) and Hubert de Boüard (co-owner of Chateau Angélus in Saint- Émilion). These two gentlemen bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience bene cial to both Klein Constantia and Anwilka.
Anwilka: Based at the south end of Stellenbosch, with views of False Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, the 40-hectare red wine property is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Proximity to the sea provides a specific microclimate that, together with the old ferricrete soils, are perfect for producing rich and focused wines.
Under the guidance of internationally well-known Bordeaux wine personalities Hubert de Boüard (co-owner of Château Angélus in Saint-Emilion) and Bruno Prats (former owner of Château Cos d’Estournel in Saint-Estèphe), Anwilka has established a worldwide reputation for this red blend which has been described by Robert Parker as “the best red wine I have ever had from South Africa”.