Beauty comes from nature. Quality comes from within. Capaia was established in 1997 near Cape Town.

About the winery
In accordance with the château principle, our wines are pressed exclusively from grapes grown on Capaia territory. With Capaia having its own bottling and labelling facilities, it completes the circle of our well-rounded estate. The heart of Capaia is the winery where all red wines are fermented in oak fermenters, in the form of 56 French-oak fermentation tanks, each with a capacity of 5,200 L and 8,400 L respectively, making it the largest wood-based fermentation plant for private cellars in the world! They come equipped with temperature regulation, manufactured by Tonnellerie Taransaud in Cognac. With the unloading station located at the winery’s highest point, all juices are entirely gravity-fed, a technique that has proven to facilitate outstanding wines. The use of the French oak fermenters contributes significantly to the quality of the wine. The difference between using wood and steel in fermentation is noticeable.

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Opening Hours
Monday: 08:00 - 16:00Tuesday: 08:00 - 16:00Wednesday: 08:00 - 16:00Thursday: 08:00 - 16:00Friday: 08:00 - 14:00Saturday: ClosedSunday: Closed
Cellar door / shop
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Events / Weddings
Children friendly
Disabled access
South Africa
Grape varieties
Sauvignon BlancCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Syrah
History & Geography
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. 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. 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.
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