The winery in South Africa
is located 20 kilometers north of Cape Town and ten kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean. It counts to the wine growing area (Ward) Philadelphia
which was defined only in 2004. Capaia was created, so to speak, out of nothing. The German Alexander Baron von Essen had here in 1996 by New Zealand soil researchers perform about a thousand soil drilling to determine the suitability for viticulture. Until then, only wheat had been grown here. The soil consists of slate, volcanic rock and clay. In 1987, the baron founded the wine trading company Selection Alexander of Essen, which is based in Tegernsee, and decided to produce its own wine. In 2000, he bought 140 hectares of land on the slopes of the 376-meter-high Koeberg and left a dam for manmade with enormous earth movements irrigation
build and create 60 hectares of vineyards. The consultant was the Hungarian oenologist Tibor Gál
(1958-2005), who was already at Ornellaia
was active. The former 50% participation of the Italian winery Antinori
has since been bought back. From this connection also the name Capaia results. This was formed from "Cap" and "aia" (last part of Ornellaia).
Gàl, after careful analysis, "planted 250,000 vines for what soils". These are the red varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, as well as the only white variety Sauvignon Blanc. The vines come exclusively from the Rebtuchtanstalt Bouvet in Bordeaux. Until the year 2002, a state-of-the-art winery was built on the latest technical level. The centerpiece is fermentation tanks made from 150-year-old French oak. Currently, these are eight with 8,000 liters and 26 more with 5,000 liters capacity. Of course, more crops will follow as yields increase. The barriques are also from France. Incidentally, a Victorian farmhouse has been renovated. Total capital expenditure amounted to a double-digit million euro amount. The first grape harvest took place in February 2003. From this, the second wine "Blue Grove Hill" was vinified, a Cabernet Merlot blend aged for nine months in oak barrels. In 2004, a Sauvignon Blanc was bottled under the same label. The flagship is the cuvée "Capaia" from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot in Bordeaux style, which matures in barriques for 15 months. The 2003 vintage came on the market in autumn 2004.