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.

10 Inspirational Wine Quotes: The Wisdom of Joanne Gibson & Malu Lambert

Wine, often regarded as a symbol of sophistication and celebration, holds a special place in our hearts and cultures. Renowned wine connoisseurs Joanne Gibson and Malu Lambert have captured the essence of wine through their eloquent and thought-provoking quotes. In this article, we delve into 10 of their most memorable quotes, each offering unique insights into the world of wine.

1. "Wine is the Symphony of the Earth" - Joanne Gibson Joanne Gibson beautifully articulates the intricate relationship between wine and its natural origins. Each bottle of wine is a harmonious blend of the soil, climate, and vineyard care, reflecting the symphony of the earth in each sip.

2. "The Art of Wine Lies in its Story" - Malu Lambert Malu Lambert emphasizes that wine is not just a drink, but a narrative of its origin. The story behind each vineyard, grape, and vintage adds depth and character to the wine, making each glass a unique experience.

3. "In Vino Veritas: In Wine, Truth" - Joanne Gibson This quote by Joanne Gibson underlines the honesty and authenticity found in wine. Wine, in its purest form, reveals the true essence of its ingredients and the dedication of its makers.

4. "Wine is a Journey, Not a Destination" - Malu Lambert Malu Lambert encourages us to see wine as an ongoing adventure. Each tasting is a new experience, a new discovery, reminding us that the world of wine is vast and ever-evolving.

5. "Wine Reflects the Spirit of Innovation" - Joanne Gibson Joanne Gibson points out that wine is a testament to human creativity and innovation. From traditional methods to modern techniques, the evolution of wine-making reflects our constant pursuit of excellence and novelty.

6. "The Complexity of Wine is its Beauty" - Malu Lambert Malu Lambert highlights the multifaceted nature of wine. Its complexity, from the subtle flavors to the intricate production process, is what makes wine so alluring and captivating.

7. "Wine Connects Us to Nature" - Joanne Gibson Joanne Gibson reminds us that wine is a bridge between humans and nature. It's a product that requires harmony with the environment, connecting us to the earth in a profound and tangible way.

8. "Every Glass of Wine Tells a Story of Passion" - Malu Lambert Malu Lambert's quote reflects the passion and dedication of winemakers. Behind every glass of wine lies the hard work, commitment, and love of those who brought it to life.

9. "Wine is the Poetry of the Earth" - Joanne Gibson Joanne Gibson likens wine to poetry, a beautiful expression of the earth's bounty. Each bottle is a poetic tribute to the land, weather, and the people who cultivate it.

10. "The True Essence of Wine is Found in its Diversity" - Malu Lambert Malu Lambert celebrates the diversity of wine. The wide array of types, flavors, and origins of wine signifies the rich and varied tapestry of this delightful beverage.

In conclusion, the words of Joanne Gibson and Malu Lambert are not just quotes about wine; they are reflections on life, nature, and the human spirit. Their insights encourage us to appreciate wine not just as a beverage, but as an experience that connects us with the world around us. Each quote is a reminder of the beauty, complexity, and joy that wine brings to our lives.

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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