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Barrel No 1

The Sailing Vessel

Barrel inscription: “This Cape is the most stately thing and the fairest Cape we saw in the whole circumference of this earth.” - Sir Francis Drake, June 1580

In 1655 the first vines were brought to the Cape in this Dutch sailing vessel, giving birth to winemaking in the Cape.

This carving denotes this massive historical moment in South African history, while also illustrating how far we have come as an industry with a global footprint.