Since 1994, the South African wine industry has undergone a quiet revolution. Nelson Mandela recently released, South Africa was open for business and open to new ideas. The world descended upon our beautiful winelands only to find a closed and insular industry, shackled by the impediments of apartheid. But a new wave of young winemakers was emerging, free to travel the world, welcomed by international peers and exposed to the latest trends and technologies.
Now just over 20 years later, a new generation of winemakers are making their presence felt, taking the lessons learned, benefiting from the massive investment in vineyards and technology and riding a new-found wave of confidence garnered from international attention and respect.
Just recently, leading international critic and Master of Wine, Tim Atkin, had this to say about Mzansi: “South Africa is the most exciting wine producing country in the world.”
Quite the compliment.
As South Africa’s oldest wine-making region, the Constantia Valley may be old, but it’s producing a new breed of winemakers as passionate as they are promising.
Located just 20 kilometres from Cape Town city centre, the valley offers a unique blend of centuries-old established wine homesteads and new stylish boutique wineries in a setting of unsurpassed beauty and heritage.
Beautiful vistas aside, it’s the winemakers that are the real ones to watch. In this historic valley, they’re forging an innovative path ahead…