Groot Constantia, Cape Town, City of Cape Town, Western Cape, 7848, South Africa
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South Africa has a vibrant wine culture, and nothing represents that better than Groot Constantia. The oldest and most historic wine estate in the country, and just 30 minutes from the Cape Town city centre, it is a favourite with locals and visitors alike.
Started in 1685, Groot Constantia wines were once reserved for royalty. Today, it is noted for high-quality reds including Shiraz and Merlot. But don’t visit just for the wine. The estate is one of the finest examples of Cape Dutch architecture with gabled houses set in lush, green pastures.
Wine tasting and cellar tours
Learn about South African wines from the oldest winemakers in the country. Wine and cellar tours go inside the process from vine to glass, but also prepare your senses for the incredible range of locally produced wines you’ll experience on menus across the country.
Constantia Valley has been producing wine since the late 1600s, so it’s no secret why this is the first spot locals visit for tastings. Don’t miss out on the award winning Sauvignon Blanc. Tastings are held daily. Hour-long cellar tours leave daily on the hour, taking you through a modern cellar and include wine tasting.
Art at Groot Constantia Gallery
Groot Constantia Gallery puts the spotlight on some of the most outstanding art produced by local artists in South Africa. With a permanent exhibition, as well as rotating special showings, the gallery is always at the forefront of South African art. Housed within the wine estate’s tasting room, it’s a favourite for pre- or post-wine tasting.
Dine at Jonkershuis
The Jonkershuis bistro is a Cape Town mainstay. A dining experience with views that stun as much as the food, dishes focus on sustainability and reflect the rich Cape Malay heritage. With stunning vineyard views and a simple but outstanding menu, Jonkershuis is a favourite for locals for anything from coffee to sundowners to Sunday lunch.
Always a vibrant scene, children can safely play on the front lawns while diners sit under the shade of oak trees. Indoors, the courtyard has a rustic and inviting charm safe from unfriendly weather.
Groot Constantia Manor House
As the oldest vineyard in South Africa, Groot Constantia is home to some incredible artefacts of the Cape’s past. Many of these are on display at the Manor House, including paintings, photographs, furniture and collectibles from the estate’s history.
The Manor House is a must see if you’re making a day of your visit to Groot Constantia.