Our History

Our History
Capaia Wines is situated in the winegrowing region of Philadelphia, 30km north of Cape Town and 10km from the cool Atlantic Ocean. Philadelphia is a small village developed from a parish of the Dutch Reformed Church, and established in 1863.

Capaia was founded by Ingrid Baroness von Essen in 1997. From 1997 to 2002 the vines were planted, the winery erected and the installation of the wooden fermentation tanks took place. During this same period Tibor Gál, one of Hungary’s most influential winemakers became part owner. He also acted as consultant at Tenuta dell’Ornellaia in Italy. 2003 celebrated the first harvest of Capaia and to make this even more memorable, we received Wine Magazine’s 5 star award for this maiden vintage. In 2005, Capaia was officially declared a wine estate and also marked the tragic death of Tibor Gál in a road accident. Count Stephan von Neipperg, owner of several vineyard estates, including Château Canon La Gaffelière and La Mondotte, both Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru Classé acted as consultant since 2005. At the beginning of 2015 Ingrid Baroness von Essen approached Count Stephan von Neipperg to become shareholder. In creating a partnership with Stephan von Neipperg, Ingrid Baroness von Essen gave new momentum to Capaia, not only to his involvement with the technical side, but also through his incredible marketing expertise.

Capaia is incredibly fortunate to be located where it is – offering a selection of breath taking views of Table Mountain! This also explains the meaning of “Capaia” – a lot of Cape, with Table Mountain which is synonymous with Cape Town.

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