Constantia Wine Route
Constantia Valley is the oldest wine-growing area in Southern Africa and features superb wine estates, fantastic shopping opportunities and a variety of excellent restaurants.
Since the days of governor Simon van der Stel (late 1600s), Constantia Valley has been famous for its superb wines. Today a number of South Africa’s finest vineyards can be found in the valley, including Groot Constantia, +27 21 794 5128, Buitenverwachting, +27 (0)21 794 5190, Constantia Uitsig, +27 (0)21 794 6500, Klein Constantia, +27 (0)21 794 5188, and Steenberg, +27 (0)21 713 2211, to mention just a few.
The area is steeped in history and is home to some of the best examples of Cape Dutch architecture. The largest wine estate, Groot Constantia, is home to Van der Stel’s original manor house museum and is an excellent example of this architectural style.
Indulge in wine tasting and cellar tours at the wine farms and buy your favourite tipple directly from the estate. There are numerous award-winning restaurants in the Constantia Vineyards, including Constantia Uitsig’s La Colombe, +27 (0)21 794 2390, restaurant and the restaurant on the Buitenverwachting estate, +27 (0)21 794 5190).
However, if you’re not going the gourmet route there are many other options, from pub and grub spots to fish cafés and delis. A fun option is to organise a private picnic on one of the wine estates.
If you’re a keen shopper, there is a lot on offer in the Constantia Valley. Numerous farm stalls offer fresh produce, organic jams and the specialities of the area. There is also a choice of lifestyle and décor shops as well as jewellery shops and art galleries.
Groot Constantia Wine Museum is open daily from Monday to Sunday, except on Christmas Day and Worker’s Day. Visit the museum, which is open Monday to Sunday from 10h00 to 17h00, cost: R20 for adults, R10 for pensioners and students, kids under 18 visit free of charge. Cellar tours run hourly between 10h00 and 16h00 and it costs R33 per person for a three-hour tour. Wine tasting take place daily: May to November 10h00 to 16h30; December to April 09h00 to 17h30, cost of R22.
- Phone: +27 (21)762 0687
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