Winelands exhibit shows how a drink links SA, St Helena & Napoleon

The Wine of Exile exhibition at Groot Constantia describes how the erstwhile French emperor consoled himself with their sweet Cape wine

02 June 2019 - 00:00 By James Bainbridge

At the opening of the Wine of Exile exhibition at Groot Constantia wine estate, French ambassador Christophe Farnaud suggested, tongue in diplomatic cheek, that "perhaps the wine of exile was also the wine of death".

Farnaud was referring to the well-known (and long-discredited) conspiracy theory that Napoleon Bonaparte's British captors had poisoned the imperious and troublesome emperor, who had been exiled to the remote island of St Helena following his defeat at the battle of Waterloo in 1815...

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