Groot Constantia & Constantia Winelands

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In Constantia

-34.0297, 18.42

 

+27 21 794 5128 www.grootconstantia.co.za

About

Constantia’s vineyards are the oldest in South Africa, dating from the 1600s. Groot Constantia is among the oldest of them all. It was established in 1685 on the farm of the governor of the Cape Colony at the time, Simon van der Stel. After Van der Stel’s death in 1712, his estate was divided and sold off as separate wine estates. Today these eight estates - Groot Constantia, High Constantia, Constantia Uitsig, Steenberg Vineyards, Klein Constantia, Buitenverwachting, Constantia Glen and Eagle’s Nest Wines - make up the Constantia winelands.

Groot Constantia is the largest estate in Constantia, where many of Van der Stel’s original buildings, including the famous manor house, are open to the public. A visit to the Groot Constantia Museum on the estate will give you an idea of life in the Cape of Good Hope during the 18th and 19th centuries. There are cellar tours, wine tastings and two popular restaurants.

Each of the other estates has something special to offer. High Constantia is a boutique winery and Constantia Uitsig is home to La Colombe, one of South Africa’s top restaurants. Steenberg Vineyards has a modern, state-of-the-art cellar and Klein Constantia offers free tastings in a lovely setting.

Close by, Buitenverwachting also has an award-winning restaurant, while Constantia Glen has evolved from forested hills, to a cattle stud and back to wine production. Eagle’s Nest Wines is hidden high in a secluded valley on the slopes of the Constantiaberg – the viognier, merlot and shiraz are some of the better wines created on the farm’s unique terroir.

There are numerous farm stalls, delis and restaurants throughout the Constantia area. You can get a free wine and food map from any of Cape Town Tourism’s Visitor Information Centres.