The Cape is one of the most diverse natural habitats in the world and there is huge potential for producing interesting and uniquely South African wines. The French Huguenots arrived in the Cape in the 1680s. Those with winemaking experience came from La Rochelle, the traditional export harbour for the famous brandies of Cognac. More than 300 years later, a very well established Cognac family arrived in the Cape and became the vigorous owners of Morgenhof. Anne Cointreau, from the same family which own Champagne Gosset and Cognac Frapin, bought the property in 1993. The Cointreaus were already in the wine and alcohol business in 1210. Anne applied her considerable experience that the estate began to acquire a reputation for quality wine production.