Rare Wine Relics On Exhibit At Groot Constantia On The Cape Way

A selection of historical wine artifacts are on exhibit at Groot Constantia until 21 June and visitors are being offered a rare chance to view these relics, which unveil the history of the wine that Napoleon drank while in exile on St Helena Island.

This unique exhibition, entitled “Wine of Exile: The wine of Napoleon on St Helena” has been organised to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Napoleon and is a collaboration between the French Embassy in South Africa, Groot Constantia, Iziko Museums of South Africa, the Napoleon Foundation, the Government of St Helena, and the French National Domains of St Helena.

Items from the selected collections that will be on display – amongst many others – include cut glass crystal wine goblets and glasses used by Napoleon whilst on St Helena; wine decanters; wine coolers; a ship decanter with outward sloping side and wide base for greater stability at sea; and the memoirs of Napoleons chamberlain that document details of Napoleons daily life on St Helena and his love for Constantia wyn (Constantia wine).

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His Excellency Mr Christophe Farnaud, Ambassador of France to South Africa is presented with a bottle of Grand Constance as a gift to the President of France Emmanuel Macron at the opening of the Wine of Exile exhibition in the Cloete Cellar on Groot Constantia by Dr Ernest Messina, Chairperson of the Groot Constantia Trust.

From 1815, until his death in 1821, Napoleon was banished to St Helena, an island located in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean. Every month 30 bottles of Constantia wine were shipped to St Helena.

Groot Constantia, is a centuries old brand that received international acclaim for its superior quality and began to fetch extremely high prices at well-attended auctions in many European cities – with emperors and kings, such as Napoleon, Frederick the Great of Prussia, and Louis Philippe (King of the French), all treasuring their share.

The Wine of Exile exhibition is taking place in the historical Cloete Cellar at Groot Constantia, the original birthplace of the famous Constantia wyn (Constantia wine). The launch of the exhibition was officially opened by His Excellency the Ambassador of France to South Africa, Mr Christophe Farnaud, Her Excellency Ms Lisa Honan the Governor of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan Da Cunha, Ms Rooksana Omar, Chief Executive Officer of Iziko Museums of South Africa and Dr Ernest Messina, Chairperson of the Board of Groot Constantia Wine Estate.

“With such a notable and celebrated history to this centuries’ old South African brand we are suitably excited to have this collaborative exhibition taking place at Groot Constantia,” says Jean Naudé, CEO of Groot Constantia. “As South Africa’s oldest wine producing farm – in existence for 334 years this year – and a National Monument, Groot Constantia, and the wines produced on the estate, have historic importance and represent the Cape’s rich cultural and wine heritage, as well as occupying an important position in global wine history.”

The not-to-be-missed Wine of Exile exhibition will be open to the public as part of Groot Constantia’s Visitors Route experience until 21 June 2019.

Visitors to the estate can look forward to admiring the items on the exhibition as part of the full Visitors Route, and can also then opt to try a wine tasting or a chocolate and wine pairing, before possibly enjoying lunch at one of the two restaurants housed on the estate. A wonderful day out immersed in the rich history of one of South Africa’s most loved wine estates.

For more information visit www.grootconstantia.co.za or connect with Groot Constantia via social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @GrootConstantia.

For more information contact Lila Jutzen 021 794 5128 [email protected] 

West Coast Way Is South Africa’s Road Trip With The Most Twists

Explore the Cape West Coast by planning a self-drive trip or book a guided tour for a nature and adventure-filled Cape West Coast holiday.

Road-Trip-Southern-Africa-West-Coast-Way-Routes Find a 101+ things to see and do on the West Coast Way: Enjoy wine, craft beer, olives and Rooibos tea tastings, Weskus cuisine and braaivleis (barbecue), swing into Citrusdal with a zipline, go Cederberg bouldering, jump into natural (warm) pools, step onto cruises of lagoons and rivers, trek through nature reserves and a National Park, hop onto game drives, try the skill of archery and angling, get your adrenaline pumping with sand-boarding and quad-biking, go horse riding, learn about the San culture and Riel-dancing, do kite- and windsurfing, chill in your flip flops and do surfing, book a kayaking trip, go beach hopping, learn about bees, whales and listen to our birds in a twitcher’s paradise – all in South Africa’s wildflower reserve. For more information on the West Coast’s top places to go, road tripping, hikes, tours and trails, explore westcoastway.co.za or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777.  Follow us on @WestCoastWaySA on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

West Coast Way is South Africa’s road trip with the most twists. Explore a unique collection of 101 road trip stops along themed routes by planning a self-drive trip or guided tour for a nature and adventure-filled Cape West Coast vacation. The new West Coast Way “basket” of free routes on offer include the West Coast Way Tractor Route, the West Coast Way Berg Route, the West Coast Way Foodie Route, the West Coast Way Cultural Route, the West Coast Way Wild Route – as well as the newly launched Cape Way Route – all of which are designed to showcase the many attractions and activities that are already on offer on the Cape West Coast and inland areas – but may be unknown to many.

For more information on West Coast Way, the other routes on offer, and the list of 101 Things to Do on the West Coast visit www.westcoastway.co.za or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777. Connect with West Coast Way on Facebook and Twitter at WestCoastWaySA.

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