Academie du Vin Library – Klein Constantia


‘The Constantia Valley is far more than the cradle of wine culture in South Africa, just as Klein Constantia is not merely the present embodiment of a long-forgotten estate, or Vin de Constance the modern incarnation of a wine of legend.’

So writes Michael Fridjhon in his foreword to this beautiful book which tells the dramatic and inspiring story of Klein Constantia through its people, vineyards and wines – most notably Vin de Constance, truly a modern icon in the world of fine wine.

Beginning in the late seventeenth century, Joanne Gibson describes how Constantia became one of the most lauded and sought-after wines in the world. After disappearing without trace for over a century, legendary Constantia was reborn with the replanting of Klein Constantia in the 1980s.

Malu Lambert tells the story of Klein Constantia’s contemporary renaissance under its inspirational new ownership since 2011, revealing how no stone has been left unturned to ensure that this beautiful and timeless estate take its rightful place as one of the world’s greatest fine wine producers.

Together, they take readers on a remarkable journey of discovery in a hardback publication that has been beautifully designed, illustrated and printed.

Joanne Gibson has been a specialist wine writer for over two decades. Her award-winning career took off in London with Drinks International and Harpers Wine & Spirit magazine. After returning to South Africa in 2004, armed with a Diploma from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, she worked for WINE magazine before going freelance in 2009. Since then, the former Sunday Times wine columnist has contributed to numerous wine publications, websites and books including Decanter, The World of Fine Wine, and Platter’s South African Wine Guide. Named SA Wine Writer of the Year several times, she now focuses primarily on uncovering the real stories behind the Cape’s oldest wine farms.

Malu Lambert won the title of Mont Blanc Emerging Wine Writer of the Year at the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2019, having previously been named Veritas Young Wine Writer in 2015. She writes for numerous local and international titles, including, DecanterClub Oenologique and Falstaff. A graduate of the Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy, she sits on various prestigious judging panels including those of the Decanter World Wine Awards, the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon, Platter’s South African Wine Guide, The Chenin Blanc Challenge and the venerated Wine-of-the-Month Club.



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