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Muratie Timeline


On 6 April 1652 the Cape of Good Hope was established By Jan Van Riebeeck - First commander at the Cape.


A Portuguese Slave trading vessel was forced to dock in Cape Town. This ship carried a woman who would  later give birth to Ansela van de Caab, whilst in bondage at the castle.


On 2 February 1659 the first wine is pressed at the Cape. Van Riebeeck writes in his journal that the harvest amounted to twelve “mengelen” (about fourteen litres).


Ansela van de Caab and her mother were moved to formal slave quarters. During her time tending to the gardens at the castle Ansela met and fell in love with a soldier Laurens Campher.


Laurens Campher was granted a piece of land to farm at the foot of the Simonsberg mountain.


Laurens Campher would regularly walk for 3 days to visit Ansela in the slave quarters at the Castle. During this time Ansela had three children by him.


Ansela van de Caab was baptised in the Castle.


On the 28 June 1699 Ansela van de Caab was set free. Campher fetched her, and they became the first family to farm what would later be known as Muratie.


Martin Melck bought Muratie for his daughter Anna Catherina.


Martin allowed fellow Lutherans to hold church services in his barn in Church street. This later became the Lutheran Church.


On 22 October 1826 the British ship Britannia struck the Britannia Reef, but was safely beached. Martin Melck bought the wreck, and was able to salvage much of the cargo


The farm was sold off, after being in the Melck-Beyers family for approximately one century.


A German Artist, G.P. Canitz got lost whilst out riding his horse one day - He found the Muratie manor house in a slightly neglected state and fell in love with it. He bought the farm soon after.


The first Pinot Noir vines in South Africa were planted on Muratie. The first Pinot Noir vines in South Africa were planted on Muratie


Canitz passed away, leaving the farm to be run by his daughter Annemarie - One of the first female wine farm owners in South Africa


Muratie falls back into the hands of the Melck family when it is is bought by Ronnie Melck.


A replanting programme commenced at Muratie and some minor alterations were made to the cellar. Since then Muratie has held as true to its traditional methods and values as possible.


The Britannia wreck was rediscovered and artefacts ranging from full bottles of wine and ale, to  porcelain crockery and lead crystal glassware were recovered.

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