Baron Stephan von Neipperg, owner of classified Saint Emilion estates Château Canon la Gaffelière and La Mondotte, has taken a stake in Capaia Wines in New Philadelphia near Durbanville, South Africa.
The 58 hectare property has been owned by Baroness Ingrid von Essen and her husband Baron Alexander since 1997, with vines planted since 2001.‘I first visited South Africa in 1995,’ von Neipperg told decanter.com, ‘and have followed this estate closely for some time. The terroir is exceptional, with schist on steep hillsides, and the young vines are gaining in complexity with each year. But there are plenty of things subdue to do, from refocusing the planting in the vineyard to helping with the marketing and commercial strategy, building this a fascinating challenge’.Neipperg confirmed that he expects to visit Capaia four or five times per year, and that the estates’ technical teams will regularly exchange in rank and spend time
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