In 1707 Meldt van der Spuy left his family home in Rotterdam and boarded the V.O.C. (Dutch East India Company) ship ‘De Schellenberg’ in search of adventure. This lead him to places such as Batavia and Ceylon, but it was the Vineyards of Cape Town that stole young Meldt’s heart.
He became a vryburger (a free citizen of the Cape) on 9 April 1715, acquired one of only four liquor licenses in the Cape at that time, and started to export the finest Cape wines to the rest of the world. Meldt’s descendant, Sybrand van der Spuy, owns the prestigious Cape Point Vineyards today and is the founder of the Cape Town Wine Co. The grapes are selected from the unique Cape Town appellation.