A selection of historical wine artifacts are on exhibit at Groot Constantia and visitors are being offered a rare chance to view these museum owned relics, which are on loan until 21 June.
Items that will be on display, amongst others, include cut glass crystal wine goblets and glasses used by Napoleon whilst on St Helena; wine decanters; wine coolers; a ship decanter with outward sloping side and wide base for greater stability at sea; and the memoirs of Napoleons chamberlain that document details of Napoleons daily life on St Helena and his love for Constantia wyn (Constantia wine).
This unique exhibition, entitled “Wine of Exile: The wine of Napoleon on St Helena” unveils the history of the wine that Napoleon drank while in exile on St Helena Island from 1815, until his death in 1821. Every month 30 bottles of Constantia wine were shipped to St Helena.
The Wine of Exile exhibition is taking place in the historical Cloete Cellar at Groot Constantia, the original birthplace of the famous Constantia wyn (Constantia wine). A Visitors Route ticket allows access to the exhibit as well as the full Visitors Route experience. For more information visit www.grootconstantia.co.za or connect with Groot Constantia via social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @GrootConstantia.
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