January 21, 2013
Constantia makes New York Times list
Constantia, the birthplace of the South African wine industry, has been named as one of the 46 Places to Go in 2013 by the New York Times. The newspaper reports that with its award-winning vineyards, hotels and restaurants, the grande dame of Cape Town's suburbs is serene and ideal for some R&R – and only 20 minutes' drive from the city centre.
The exclusive suburb came in at number 23 on the list, beating such destinations as Puerto Rico, Bangkok, Ireland and Paris.
The historical suburb of Constantia, on the lower slopes of Table Mountain, is home to eight vineyards: Groot Constantia, High Constantia, Constantia Uitsig, Steenberg Vineyards, Klein Constantia, Buitenverwachting, Constantia Glen and Eagle’s Nest Wines, which make up the Constantia Wine Route.
There are numerous luxury hotels, including the Alphen Boutique Hotel, award-winning restaurants and spas in the valley.
The New York Times lists Rio de Janeiro is the number one place to go this year, "because the whole world will be there in 2014" for the FIFA World Cup.