Welcome to Part 2 of our series of the must-see wine farms in Cape Town! The Constantia valley is the oldest wine-producing region in the Southern Hemisphere – with an uninterrupted history of wine-making that spans over 300 years. How amazing is that? So be sure to tick off each one of these wine farms with the one and only – The Constantia Wine Tour.
Groot Constantia can be located on the Cape Peninsula and is one of South Africa’s most visited tourist attractions. The vineyards are tucked deep into the valley on the eastern side of the magnificent Table Mountain. The cool southern slopes and deep mountain soils provides the ideal setting for the making of top quality wines, all for you to enjoy!
Groot Constantia is an ideal example of the preservation of South African culture and heritage. The estate is currently owned by the Groot Constantia Trust, a non profit company (NPC).The trust is fully committed to maintain and restore this national monument which is South Africa’s oldest and best known wine estate.
This 146 hectare wine estate can be found amongst the plush greenery on the upper foothills of the Constantiaberg, with amazing panoramic views across the whole of the Constantia Valley and False Bay.
As of today, Klein Constantia still continues to produce some of South Africa’s best wines and the world’s best dessert wine – the iconic naturally sweet, Vin de Constance (we definitely recommend a glass of this upon your visit!)
Eagles’ Nest is cradled in an isolated valley high upon the slopes of the Constantia mountain range, which forms part of the World Heritage Site, Table Mountain. The History of this iconic farm can be traced back all the way to 1836 when it was used as a refreshment station between Wynberg and the harbor of Hout Bay. When travelers made this journey, they had to cross a mountain pass, which is now known as Constantia Neck.
Eagles’ Nest is planted mainly to Shiraz (a spicy complex wine with hints of chocolate), Merlot (a smooth, soft and fruity blend) and Viognier (a peachy light lunchtime wine).
Indulge in a wine tasting at only R60p/p!
High Constantia is a boutique wine cellar which is snuggled in the midst of the lush, green Constantia valley. 1693 is when the origin of High Constantia can be traced back to, when the farm was known as “Wittebomen”, because of the abundance of silverleaf trees on the land.
A man named David van Niekerk used his passion and expertise to plant luscious vineyards on a small corner of the original land in order to restore High Constantia to it’s former wine-making glory!
Constantia Uitsig is part of a select handful of wine estates that together make up the Constantia Valley Wine Route. Wine Tastings are available at their Open Door Restaurant, the full tasting range of six wines costing R90/three wines costing R50. Bike park entry fees R65 per day (this is a really fun activity for the kids which you can read up more about in our previous blog, “What Can Your Kids Do On Tour?”)
Make sure to look out for the next blog in this series where we chat about some magnificent wine farms in the Hout Bay and Cape Point region, where The Constantia Wine Tour would be happy to take you!
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