Not only uninterrupted, Constantia’s history is also internationally admired. Muskadel from the Constantia Valley won acclaim during the 18th century from famous authors, poets and statesmen alike. Napoleon Bonaparte had as much as 1,126 liters of the Cloete family’s Constantia wine shipped in wooden casks each year to his home in exile on St Helena from 1815 until his death in 1821. And in Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen’s character Mrs Jennings recommends a little Constantia for “its healing powers on a disappointed heart.”
For more fascinating facts about our past, read Valley of 1000 Stories.