[1731G. Medleytr. ofP. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H.II. 80I have drank, at the Governour’s, Capian Wine which was Six Years old; and which sparkled like old Hock, and was as racy as the noblest Canary.]
1773J. Byron inJ. HawkesworthAcct of Voy. 137I gave all the people leave to go on shore by turns, and they always contrived to get very drunk with Cape wine before they came back.
1795C.R. Hopsontr. ofC.P. Thunberg’s Trav.I. 280Constantia, consisting of two farms, called great and little Constantia..is celebrated for its highly delicious wine, known by the name of Constantia or Cape Wine, which is sold in Europe at so high a price.
1805R. SempleWalks & Sketches 101His invitation came too seasonably to be refused, and our dinner and some good Cape wine restored our spirits.
1838J.E. AlexanderExped. into Int.II. 296Unless some great improvement speedily takes place in the quality of Cape wines, and which is quite possible with care, the Cape must look to Australia as the place for the chief reception of its vinous produce.
1844W.N. IrwinEchoes of Past (1927) 230Best Cape wine from 8d. to 1s. a bottle.
1857Cape Monthly Mag.II. Sept. 188We are satisfied that good Cape wine will realize good prices, and that the exporter of a genuine article will benefit by the care taken in its preparation.
1886C. Von Babo inC. CowenS. Afr. Exhibition 1885 195The name ‘Cape Wine’ should have some legal protection, and it should be a punishable offence if such concoctions are sold under the name of ‘Cape Wine’.
1900O. OsborneIn Land of Boers 58For one New Year’s picnic we went to a wine farm at Constantia, a place close to Cape Town, from whence the best Cape wine derives its name.
1926P.W. LaidlerTavern of Ocean 170As the century aged, Cape wines came into great repute. Cape champagne was voted equal, if not superior, to the best continental.
1936Cambridge Hist. of Brit. EmpireVIII. 229The colony possessed three chief sources of income: the British garrison, the entertainment of invalids from India, and the export of Cape wine.
1950H. GibbsTwilight in S. Afr. 81Cape wines and brandies are exported on an ever-increasing scale as shipping refrigeration increases.
1965A. Gordon-BrownS. Afr. HeritageIV. 19There were clean tablecloths and tidy waitresses, and the meal, which consisted of ‘kerrie’ (mulligatawny), two sosaties and boiled rice, and half a pint of Cape wine, cost a quart of a rix-doller (4 cents).
1976U.C.T. (Univ. of Cape Town)Vol.6, 24Wines other than those from Constantia were known as common Cape wines...The Cape wines sent to Batavia and Amsterdam by the Company between 1740 and 1780 varied considerably in quality and were received with mixed feelings by brokers.
1990J. Platter inSunday Times 16 Dec. 21Shut out from the major supermarket chains of Europe and generally ostracised and ignored along with most things South African, Cape wine has had to sneak in through backdoors.
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