Paul Winalski wrote:
The original estate was split in 1818. The lower part, Groot Constantia, is today a state-owned winery. The upper part, Klein Constantia, is in private hands. In 1993 Klein Constantia started production of "Vin de Constance", a dessert wine made as closely as possible in the fashion of the old Constantia. Groot Constantia produces a similar wine these days.
Groot Constantia is a must to visit for anyone with half a day to spare in Cape Town - its in the suburbs. Its now administered by a trust and as well as a working winery the grounds and old building are a national monument. There are old buildings furnished as they were in the 1800s, restuarants, museums of wine plus attractive gardens and vineyards. There are regular tours of the winery.
Vin de Constance from neighbouring Klein Constantia has been a tremendous success, and its price has tripled since I first bought it. Groot Constantia's new "Grand Constance" recreation of the historic Constantia sweet wine was first released at the end of 2005. Delayed unfortunately, which meant I couldn't get any before leaving the Cape, but a good friend has procured a bottle which he is bringing to me.
I'm torn between drinking it and saving it....