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Vin de Constance

Vin de Constance
Vin de Constance is a legendary sweet wine originating from the Western Cape area of South Africa. It is considered to be one of the greatest wines of South Africa and in the world. Its history dates back to the 18th and early 19th century where it was part of the feasts in the European courts and it was preferred over the luscious wine from Tokaji of Hungary and Sauternes from France. During the centuries it was the most desired wine of King Louis Philippe of France, Napoleon, and has been mentioned in the writings of one of the greatest writers like Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. The wine was made by the Dutch governor Simon van der Stel in 1685, who bought 750 hectares southeast of Cape Town. The production of Vin de Constance was booming until the arrival of the Phylloxera disease in the late 19th century, where all vineyards were devastated, and Klein Constantia estate bankrupted. It was not until 1980 when the winery has once again opened doors and have resurrected this iconic wine. A careful selection and a lot of studies have been made before the original vine has been found and the winemaking style of the old Constantia reproduced to be great again. The wine was reintroduced in 1986 from the Klein Constance estate made from 100% Muscat (Muscat de Frontignan) which is late harvested without any botrytis, fermented and matured in French acacia and Hungarian oak casks.

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