The winery in South Africa
is located 20 kilometers north of Cape Town and ten kilometers from the Atlantic. It belongs to the viticulture sector (Ward) Philadelphia
, which was only defined in 2004. Capaia was created out of nothing, so to speak. The German Alexander Baron von Essen had New Zealand soil researchers carry out around a thousand boreholes in 1996 to determine their suitability for viticulture. Until then, only wheat had been grown here. The floor consists of slate, volcanic rock and clay. The baron had founded the wine trading company Selection Alexander von Essen with headquarters at Lake Tegernsee in 1987 and has now decided to produce wine himself. In 2000 he bought 140 hectares of land on the slopes of the 376-meter Koeberg and, with tremendous earth movements, left a dam for artificial irrigation
build and create 60 hectares of vineyards. The Hungarian oenologist Tibor became a consultant Gál
(1958-2005), who also won Ornellaia
was active. The former 50% participation of the Italian winery Antinori
has since been bought back. The name Capaia also results from this connection. This was formed from "Cap" and "aia" (last part of Ornellaia).
Gàl had 250,000 vines planted "which varieties for which soils" after detailed analyzes. 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 Bouvet vineyard in Bordeaux. A state-of-the-art winery was built up to 2002. The centerpiece is fermentation tanks made from 150-year-old French oak. Currently, there are eight with 8,000 liters each and 26 more with 5,000 liter capacity. As crop yield increases, more will follow, of course. The barriques also come from France. A Victorian manor was also renovated. The capital expenditure totaled a double-digit million amount in euros. The first harvest took place in February 2003. The second wine "Blue Grove Hill" was made from it, a Cabernet-Merlot blend aged nine months in barrels. In 2004 a Sauvignon Blanc was bottled under the same label. The flagship is the cuvée "Capaia" made of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot in Bordeaux style, which matures in barriques for 15 months. The 2003 vintage was launched in autumn 2004.