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Constantia

The Dutch Governor Simon van der Stel (1639-1712) acquired in 1685 southeast of Cape Town in the present day South Africa a plot of land of about 750 hectares, which he named "Constantia" (perseverance) according to his valued virtues (not his wife - as one often reads - because that was Johanna's name). But he was not the first, because already three years before there was founded a winery, which still today under the name Steenberg consists. Stel built the property to a princely estate and dealt with fruit and especially with viticulture. Great value he put on hygiene, He experimented with different grape varieties such as Palomino (which he called Fransdruif), Sémillon (whom he called Wyndruif), Chenin Blanc (called in South Africa Steen) and the red, autochthonous Pontac, From the white variety Muscat de Frontignan (in South Africa for Muscat Blanc ) became a partially gespriteter sweet wine which has achieved world-wide legendary reputation and has been delivered to all ruling houses in Europe.

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