Did you know that the second owner of Groot Constantia was Swedish?
I include the beautiful Groot Constantia on many of my Cape Peninsula tours. Most people know that it is South Africa’s oldest wine Estate. But, did you know that the second owner of Groot Constantia was Swedish? Oloff Bergh and Anna de Koningh (a former slave) owned it from 1716 to1734. They took possession of Constantia on 13 November 1716. Bergh was born in Göteborg, Sweden, in 1643 and joined the VOC in 1665. He spent a few years in Ceylon as a soldier and was a sergeant when he arrived at the Cape in 1676.