Constantia wine route is one of the oldest in South Africa having started in the late 1600 with one working wine farm, the Klein Constantia. Today, there are 8 active wine farms from the previous 9. These are upscale farms with incredible achievements, a deep love for the South Africa rugby jersey, and, in most cases, world fame.
Most people describe the Constantia wine route as an intimate journey because it is sheltered by mountains. Yet it is close enough to Cape Town which makes visiting it just a short convenient drive away for many locals. Some of the best restaurants are found in Constantia Valley.
Groot Constantia is the oldest wine farm in the country having been active in producing wine for over 327 years. One of the sources of pride of this wine farm is the fact that it has never stopped producing wine which is something no other farm in the Southern Hemisphere can lay claim to.
Some of amazing stories to come out of Groot Constancia are:
- Napoleon Bonaparte’s last drink of wine was a glass came from Groot Constantia
- Once, French King Louis Philippe once ordered the entire one year wine production of Groot Constantia
- A 2004 discovery of a 1774 bottle of wine from Groot Constantia was found in Delaware USA
- The wine farm has over 300,000 visitors every year
Silvermist Wine Estate
Established in 1984, Silvermist organic wine farm is near the Table Mountain National Park and is run by a family with principal wine maker, Gregory Brink Louw. Their wines are tropical flavoured with a hint of lemon and very popular among the young adults.
One of the highlights of Constantia Glen wine farm is when they received the Gold Medal during the South Africa Young Wine Show in 2 consecutive years and earned points with the Wine Spectator Magazine.
Close to False Bay, Constantia Glen only dedicates its efforts towards creating the best Sauvignon Blanc and Bordeaux.
Beyond Expectation is what the name of this wine farm stands for. It was originally part of the Constantia Estate but sold after the Governor van der Stel died. In 1980, the Mueller family took over and restored the farm to its old glory. It’s a great place to relax, dine, and enjoy the fabulous wines especially the white wines.
Formerly the Constantia View, this wine farm used to be owned by the Lategan family. It has 3 restaurants, a spa, a 16 room hotel, and a cricket oval. The wine facility is open to guests as is the wine-tasting, and the farm has become a favourite venue for social events and romantic getaways.
The wines from Constantia Uitsig are uniquely packaged. The red wines have the natural cork while the white wines are more conveniently screw-capped. In fact, this wine farm was one of the pioneers of the screw caps in the country.
The 3 restaurants are La Colombe, Constantia Uitsig, and the River Cafe. Each one has a different ambience and cuisine.
This wine farm estate is gorgeous amidst a backdrop of lush foliage and the foothills of the Constantiaberg. It is nestled in a 146 hectare property that was originally part of the first Constantia wine farm. One of its greatest wines is the Vin de Constance which almost disappeared in the 1800s after the terrain was overrun by the phylloxera insects.
The Steenberg Vineyards were established in 1682 which makes it the oldest farm in the valley. It’s close to the World Heritage Site, Cape Floral Kingdom and Table Mountain. The vineyard is known for its white wine, Shiraz, Merlot, Nebbiolo, and the latest product, the Magna Carta. They have also added a bistro cellar restaurant aside from having a fine dining restaurant, Catharina’s. They are also quickly earning a reputation for being a culinary master in the Western Cape.
The 8th wine farm in Constantia is boutique wine farm, Beau Constantia. It is located almost at the peak of Constantia Nek with an elevation of 350 meters above sea level. The view from the top is breath-taking with the sharply inclined slopes and a view of the majestic Helderberg and Stellenbosch Mountains.
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