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With its prime location on the Spice Route of old, the Cape became a beacon of hope for traders between Europe and the Far East. Established in 1652 as a refreshment station on this challenge voyage, it was already in 1659 that Jan van Riebeeck and Maria de la Queillerie, then Governor and his wife of the Cape Colony, produced the first wine from vines that were planted in the Company’s Gardens in Cape Town.

This was the beginning of a rich winemaking tradition with its roots in Europe, but its vines growing in the diversity of South African terroir. The arrival of the French Huguenots in 1688 brought more winemaking expertise to the Cape and today, we celebrate a rich and rewarding history of more than 350 years of winemaking in South Africa.


The 1659 Wine Collection celebrates the winemaking tradition of the Cape Winelands with a range of quality easy-drinking wines at very good value for money. All the wines offer sumptuous sunshine-derived fruit with well-balanced layers and delicious juiciness on the palate. 

The range consists of:


1659 Sauvignon Blanc

Refreshing and easy drinking, this style of Sauvignon Blanc is fruity and fabulous.

1659 Natural Sweet Rosé

Although a natural sweet, the focus in this charming rosé is on the fruit rather than the sweetness. A versatile and delightful wine. 


1659 Classic Red

A real crowd-pleaser, easy and enjoyable drinking to suit a variety of palates.


1659 Founder's Selection Red

The Founder's Selection is a tribute to the skill and passion of those early pioneers who established the SA wine industry. The nose offers upfront black current and ripe plum as well as integrated oak flavours. The palate follows through with notes of pepper and mocha. The aftertaste is structured and lingering.

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