South Africa

Constantia was one of the VOC's country estates in the Cape and was known for its gardens, vineyards and orchards. Simon van der Stel, who became governor of the Cape in 1691, had a country house here. After his death in 1712 the highly fertile Constantia was subdivided into Groot Constantia and Klein Constantia. The wine produced here was said to be the finest the Cape had to offer. A literary source identifying this location as a VOC post has not yet been traced. The images of this location featured in this programme currently serve as source.