Their estate was originally part of Simon van der Stel’s vast Constantia estate, granted in 1685. It then formed part of Groot Constantia until 1823, when the land was divided between the brothers Jacob Pieter and Johan Gerhard Cloete. The latter took ownership of the upper reaches, situated on the eastern slopes and foothills of the Constantiaberg, where there were already over 33,000 vines planted. He named this magnificent piece of land Klein Constantia.
The nose is layered with aspects of citrus blossom, honeycomb and stone fruit which follow through onto the palate. Full bodied, the mouthfeel is rich and creamy with a refreshing acidity.
A naturally sweet wine.
Klein Constantia is home to some of the most historic vineyards in South Africa – indeed the world – and we take our custodianship of this land very seriously.
We continually strive to produce wines in more environmentally responsible ways, adopting as many organic and biodynamic practice as possible.
In the modern era, no virgin soil has been ploughed at Klein Constantia, which boasts several pockets of tremendous conservation value, including a lush, 22-hectare forest known as Grootbos. Buffer zones for endemic fauna and flora have been left along the farm borders, contours and river courses, which have all been cleared of alien vegetation to maximize water runoff and encourage growth of endemic plants. These corridors also provide pathways for animals and insects, boosting the biodiversity of our 146-hectare estate.
Our vision is aligned with that of the World Wildlife Fund as we aim to unite conservation and agricultural development in a complementary, mutually beneficial manner. In recognition of our efforts to boost biodiversity, manage soil erosion, protect against fire, harness solar energy, reduce herbicide usage and embrace an integrated pest management program, Klein Constantia has been recognized as a WWF Conservation Champion since 2011.