The Constantia Wine Route

The Constantia Wine Route is a mere 20 minutes from the city centre. The fertile Constantia Valley with its moderate climate and rich soil, is home to the oldest wine estates in South Africa.

This is the area that Simon van der Stel, first Govenor of the Cape, chose to cultivate and develop in 1685.

Over the years, the original Constantia farm have been divided into a few smaller farms. Each of which have since forged their own unique heritage and all of which are to this day producing award winning wines.


The following farms make up the Wine route:


Groot Constantia

Groot Constantia is South Africa's oldest and best known wine estate.

Besides being one of South Africa’s most visited tourist attractions, it is also a fully operational farm, where a wide range of quality estate wines are created and sold (seven days a week).

Three core museums are housed within estate.

The Manor House is a magnificent example of Cape Dutch architecture and houses a fine collection of period furniture and ceramics.

The Estate's original wine cellar, The Cloete Cellar, now houses a display of drinking vessels and wine making equipment. Its beautiful pediment gable by sculptor Anton Anreith, is not to be missed.

The Cloete Cellar at Groot Constantia on the Constantia Wine Route
The Cloete Cellar at Groot Constantia on the Constantia Wine Route

Cloete Cellar © Iziko Museums (Photos Carina Beyer)

The Orientation Centre houses an exhibition of several artefacts and photographs depicting the history of the Estate.

There are two restaurants, Jonkershuis Bar & Eatery in the historic core and Simon's Restaurant.

Useful Information

Cellar Tours:
10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00

Website:
www.grootconstantia.co.za

Telephone:
021 795 5150

Constantia Wine Route page


Buitenverwachting

Buitenverwachting "Beyond Expectation" originally formed part of the greater Constantia Estate, founded by Simon van der Stel, the first Governor of the Dutch colony at the tip of Africa.

The Buitenverwachting Restaurant blends the old and the new in furnishings. Artwork is an integral part of the lounge as well as the dining area.

The Courtyard is the informal garden restaurant where a light menu is offered as well as tapas and a high tea.

Picnics are served in baskets under the oak trees during the warmer months (November to April).

Useful Information:

Website:
www.buitenverwachting.co.za

Telephone:
Winery: +27 (0)21 794 5190
Restaurant: +27 (0)21 794 3522

Buitenverwachting, Constantia Wine Route

Constantia Uitsig

Set amongst the vineyards of a the wine estate, the highly acclaimed Constantia Uitsig Hotel is just twenty minutes from Cape Town city centre.

The Spa is the only spa in South Africa to offer Les Aromes du Vin, a body treatment based on the aromatic components of fine wines.

La Colombe is one of Cape Town's most awarded restaurants, while River Cafe is well-known for its sumptuous breakfasts.

Housed in the original Cape Dutch Homestead, Constantia Uitsig Restaurant, offers widely varied Mediterranean Provencal Cuisine.

Useful Information:

Website:
www.constantia-uitsig.com

Telephone:

Winery: +27 (0)21 794 6500

Constantia Uitsig Wines, Constantia Wine Route

Constantia Wine Route page


Klein Constantia

Family owned and run, Klein Constantia’s philosophy is founded on quality rather than quantity, reflected in the wines regularly inviting accolades, both locally and internationally.

Useful Information:

Website:
www.kleinconstantia.com

Telephone:

Winery: +27 (0)21 794 5188

Klein Constantia on the Constantia Wine Route

Steenberg Vineyards

Steenberg ("Mountain of Stone") Vineyards boasts a state of the art modern winery, producing some of the country’s finest award winning wines.

Steenberg Vineyards on the Constantia Wine Route.

The luxurious Steenberg Hotel is also situated on the farm. At Catharina’s Restaurant, guests are invited to relax, dine in style and enjoy sophisticated South African cuisine.

The professional staff in the luxurious and spacious spa will offer guests the perfect treatment to suit their particular needs.

A championship 18-hole golf course designed by Peter Matkovich, makes full use of the natural features and hazards of the estate surrounding the hotel.

Contact Details:

t: +27 21 7132211
www.steenberg-vineyards.co.za
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Steenberg Vineyards on the Constantia Wine Route.

Constantia Wine Route page


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