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Constantia wine and the VOC

Posted on 07 Jun 2013

7 June – On this day in 1746, a resolution was passed to exempt “the cultivators of the vineyards at Constantia” from paying a new levy of three Rixdollars on each leaguer of wine sold at the Cape.

This recognised that the deal reached on 28 August 1727 by the owner of the original Klein Constantia (later De Hoop op Constantia), Johannes Colijn, to deliver “wine at certain prices” to the Dutch East India Company meant that his widow, Johanna Appel, and her new husband, Lambertus Myburgh, as well as Colijn’s brother-in-law at neighbouring Groot Constantia, Carl Georg Wieser, were now supplying their wine at a loss.

“All Constantia wine, red as well as white, delivered to the Honourable Company shall from henceforth be relieved from the import of three Rixdollars aforesaid, and the cultivators of the vineyards at Constantia are hereby exonerated from the payment thereof.”