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Capaia

The winery in South Africa is located 20 kilometres north of Cape Town and ten kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean. It belongs to the Philadelphia Ward, which was only defined in 2004. Capaia was created from nothing, so to speak. In 1996, the German Alexander Baron von Essen had New Zealand soil researchers carry out around a thousand soil drillings here in order to determine the suitability for viticulture. Up to this time only wheat had been grown here. The soil consists of slate, volcanic rock and loam. In 1987, the Baron had founded the wine trading company Selection Alexander von Essen, based at Tegernsee, and now decided to produce wine himself. In 2000, he bought 140 hectares of land on the slopes of the 376-metre-high Koeberg and, using tremendous earth movements, had a dam built for artificial irrigation and 60 hectares of vineyards planted. The Hungarian oenologist Tibor Gál (1958-2005), who also worked for Ornellaia, was recruited as a consultant. The former 50% share of the Italian Antinori winery has now been bought back. The name Capaia results from this connection. This was formed from "Cap" and "aia" (last part of Ornellaia)

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