The Cape Town ‘appellation’ - incorporating wards such as Constantia, Durbanville, Philadelphia and Hout Bay - might only be a few years old but it speaks to a much older legacy. It is Cape Town of course where the South African winelands began, with Jan van Riebeeck planting the first vineyard on the Wynberg in 1659.
A few decades later, another Dutchman, Meldt van der Spuy, departed Rotterdam for Cape Town and forged a successful career exporting the Cape’s wines to Europe. His eldest son inherited Groot Constantia in 1758, and his descendants today are still here farming and making wine at Cape Point Vineyards. Their Cape Town Wine Co pays homage to the city’s crucial role in establishing the Cape winelands.