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The Wine Museum is situated in a part of the historic wine cellar, which houses and exhibits storage and drinking vessels for wine, dating from antiquity to the early 20th century.
A room next to the wine cellar was used by the Cloetes as an office for wine sales, with the desk they used as one of the exhibitions. The remainder of the carriage collection on the farm is exhibited in the coach house that forms part of the Jonkershuis complex. Amongst them are light trolleys or 'molwaens', a wagon drawn by six horses and a pioneer wagon known as a 'kakebeenwa'. The Orientation centre covers various aspects of the estate, past and present. Panels with aerial views of the farm explain the Constantia Valley and layout of the farm.
This is enhanced with a scale model of the Groot Constantia estate. There are panel displays of the Khoi-San people, the first inhabitants of the Cape, and a fascinating and informative timeline inter-relating information on Groot Constantia with South Africa. There are also panels on the botany of Constantia Valley and the famous oak trees on the farm.
The importance of wine farming in the early Cape economy and the role of Groot Constantia as the earliest wine farm in South Africa is traced. A particular focus of the exhibition is rural slavery and the basis it provided for wine farming at the Cape. The challenge in trying to discern the voices of individual slaves at the Cape is that the historical record is largely lacking, this is due to the fact that as members of the working classes of the Colony at that time, their specific histories were undocumented.
Reference is made to a planned slave escape of when some 23 slaves led by an Eastern exile priest, Santrij from Java, gathered at Groot Constantia where Santrij lived.
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For more information about the slave history of Groot Constantia, visit the Slavery in South Africa website. There are further panels on the architectural development of the farm over the years of its existence. Alfred de Pass, benefactor of the Groot Constantia house museum, whose donation of furnishings and decorative arts, forms the nucleus of the exhibition in the house, is also commemorated. The history of the farm dates back to when it was granted to its first owner, Simon van der Stel He arrived at the Cape in to take over the post of Commander, later upgraded to that of Governor.
Van der Stel was very keen to acquire a farm and in a piece of land of more than hectares was granted to him. He named it Constantia and built a double-storey house on it. Vegetables and fruit were grown on the farm, in addition to the practice of viticulture and the production of wine. The produce was supplied to ships which called at the Cape. Van der Stel also specialized in cattle-breeding on his leased land.
In , four years after the death of van der Stel, Constantia was divided into three portions before being sold. Two parts became known as Bergvliet and Klein Constantia and the third part on which the Van der Stel house stood, became officially known as Groot Constantia during the midth century. The history of Constantia from then on became the story of mainly three families. Oloff Bergh was the second owner of the farm. After his death in , his dynamic wife of slave descent Anna de Koningh, became the owner.
She owned the farm until her death in Agriculture and viticulture continued on Constantia during this period. The following two owners, Carl Georg Wieser and his stepson Jacobus van der Spuij, respectively owned Constantia from - and from - Wieser had a good knowledge of viticulture and enlarged the vineyards. Van der Spuij on the other hand did not trouble himself with wine making. He owned a slave who acted as cellar master and wine maker.
Constantia remained Cloete property from - and the Cloetes gave a new lease of life to the farm. Hendrik Cloete gave the farm a new look by having a new wine cellar built, situated at the back and on the same axis as the entrance to the farm and the homestead. He also had the original house adapted by structural changes such as adding gables, sash and new casement windows, and a higher and more pitched roof. Cloete also expanded the outbuildings in front of the homestead.
He improved the vineyards and introduced his own wine making methods to the farm. His wine became world famous. He died in and his eldest son, also Hendrik, became the new owner. He maintained the standards set by his father until his death in His wife Anna Catharina Scheller, became the next owner, with their eldest son Jacob Pieter Cloete acting as farm manager.
During this period, they acted as wine supplier to the exiled French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte who was exiled to the island of St. In Jacob Pieter bought the farm from his mother, and continued the highly established viticultural standards. During his ownership the farm officially became known as Groot Constantia.
Jacob Pieter Cloete died in and was the last private owner of the farm. The farm remained in his estate and his son Henry acted as farm manager. Henry returned in and a decision to sell Groot Constantia by auction was taken. Languages spoken: German, English. Prices you can't beat!
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