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News from the Constantia Valley

Press Release:

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Groot Constantia scoops a total of five gold medals at International wine awards
Groot Constantia wines were awarded a total of five gold medals at two recent international wine awards. The Monde Selection in Brussels and the International Wine Challenge in London saw Groot Constantia walking away with three and then two gold medals respectively.

The Groot Constantia 2010 Grand Constance, 2010 Gouverneurs Reserve Red and 2012 Sauvignon Blanc wines achieved gold at the Monde Selection awards whilst the 2010 Grand Constance and the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc also achieved gold at the International Wine Challenge.

This follows closely on the back of the recent awards won at the 2013 Top 100 SA Wines competition which saw four of Groot Constantia’s wines selected as winners.

An impressive accolade
In fact, collectively, the 2012 Groot Constantia Chardonnay, the 2010 Grand Constance, the 2010 Gouverneurs Reserve Red, the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc and the 2010 Shiraz has scooped a total of 11 gold medals since October of last year with the 2010 Shiraz having also won gold medals at the Taj Classic Wine Show and the Michelangelo International Wine Awards

“It is thanks to our dynamic team who spend so much time and energy in the vineyards that we can lay claim to these awards. Approximately six years ago we took a new direction in the vineyards and the improvement in quality has been amazing,” says Boela Gerber, Winemaker for Groot Constantia. “There are still quite a few things we would like to change and new things we plan to try in the vineyard - I am really excited of what is still to come.”

“Groot Constantia is South Africa’s oldest wine farm and was developed by Simon van der Stel in 1685, where he lived and produced fine wines for 27 years until his death,” says Jean Naudé, General Manager of Groot Constantia.

“Van der Stel laid the foundations of the Groot Constantia historical precinct which is world-renowned for its Cape Dutch architecture. The wine cellars of Groot Constantia produced the early famous Contantia wines which history shows was savoured by the likes of Napoleon Bonaparte, King Louis Philippe of France, Frederic the Great of Prussia, Otto van Bismarck and the British Royal family. In fact, the Grand Constance is a brand developed in the 1800’s and is still being produced by Groot Constantia.”

Today Groot Constantia is still creating world-renowned wines that capture the imagination of wine lovers across the globe – as indicated by the impressive line up of accolades being scooped by this historical wine estate.

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About Groot Constantia
Groot Constantia is South Africa’s oldest wine farm - in existence for 328 years this year. Wine has been produced on the estate without interruption since 1685.

Commander Simon van der Stel of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) was originally granted the land on which Groot Constantia stands on 13 July 1685. It has changed hands many times over the centuries and now Groot Constantia is a National Monument and a living museum with the task of preserving the history and cultural legacy of the South African wine industry for the people of South Africa.

The current owners of the estate, the Groot Constantia Trust, a non-profit company, has ensured that Groot Constantia is beautifully maintained and operated to the highest standards – delivering a top-quality experience to visitors.

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