Count Stephan von Neipperg, owner of (among others) Châteaux Canon La Gaffelière and La Mondotte, has expanded his portfolio by investing in Capaia Wines near Philadelphia in South Africa.
Aside from Canon La Gaffelière (premier grand cru of Saint-Emilion) and Mondotte (premier grand cru of Saint-Emilion), Stephan von Neipperg is also the owner of Peyreau (Saint-Emilion), Aiguilhe (Côte de Castillon), Clos de l’Oratoire (grand cru of Saint-Emilion) and Clos Marsalette (Pessac-Léognan). He also has interests in Châteaux Guiraud (Sauternes) and Soleil (Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion), and is the co-owner of domaine Bessa Valley, in the Pazardjik region of Hungary.
Rooted in the Bordeaux region, he has now diversified his portfolio even further by becoming a shareholder in the South African winery, Capaia Wines. This property of 58 ha, located not far from Cape Town, was established in 1997 by Baroness Ingrid von Essen and Baron Alexander von Essen. The estate produces Sauvignon Blanc and a Bordeaux style red blend.
Stephan von Neipperg, whose first visit to South Africa was in 1995, has been following this region closely for some time. He describes the area’s terroir as exceptional, while adding that a lot remains to be done, particularly in terms of sales and marketing strategy. He plans to visit his new winery at least four or five times a year, while the technical teams of Saint-Emilion and Capaia Wines will also regularly exchange information and visit each other. He will be at the winery from the next harvest with his cellar master and vineyard manager.