History & Geography
The Waibel family from Austria bought Glen Alpine farm in 1960 and set about building their homes on the farm, as they set up a large textile business, called BMD Knitting Mills, in the Cape. Although living on the farm, the land was not commercially farmed from 1960 until 1995 when it became an elite stud farm for champion Red Angus breeding stock. Around 1998, Dieter Waibel, together with his son Alexander and son-in-law Gus Allen, started with the planning to bring the land back to its original function as a wine farm. The first vineyards were planted in September 2000 with the farm being renamed to Constantia Glen when the first wine was produced in 2005. These upper slopes of Constantia are not easy to farm, but the rewards have come a plenty for the Waibel family whose dedication and steadfastness to produce high quality wines has proven to be a success from this very unique position in Constantia.