An Ode to South African Wine
Few places in the world can lay claim to a winemaking tradition as old, or as well-renowned, as the Constantia Wine Route. Located on the picturesque slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, Constantia has been home to some of the world’s most revered wines since 1685.
The Constantia Wine Route’s commitment to excellence extends beyond its wines into its hospitality offerings too. There are luxury guest houses available for rent throughout the year while dedicated restaurants serve up delicious farm-to-table fare prepared using fresh organic ingredients sourced from local farmers’ markets. With its rustic charm, magnificent natural beauty and celebrated wines, it’s no wonder why so many people flock to this special place for a taste of true South African life. Plan your Constantia wine tour today.
Popular Tours in the Constantia Wine Route
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Wine Estates in Constantia
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History of the Constantia Wine Route
Amazing insight into the history of Constantia Wine Route
The history of Constantia wine vineyards is intertwined with that of Cape Town itself. Simon van der Stel, the first governor of the then-Dutch colony, planted the first vines here and thus began an illustrious legacy. As one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms and brands, Constantia has gone on to become synonymous with quality and sophistication.
Today, the estate produces four distinct blends—Sauvignon Blanc / Chardonnay; White Cabernet; Shiraz / Pinotage; and Vin de Constance—each crafted to perfection by skilled winemakers who have spent years mastering their craft. The Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay blend is fragrant and full-bodied while retaining a delightful crispness that comes from being grown in cool coastal conditions. The White Cabernet is velvety smooth with subtle notes of blackberry and a hint of spice.
The Shiraz/Pinotage has intense fruit flavours with hints of dark chocolate and coffee underscored by spicy oak tannins. Finally, Vin de Constance is an exquisite dessert wine made from Muscat de Frontignan grapes from which its name is derived – ‘Vin de Constance’ meaning ‘Wine Of Constantia’. The grounds at Constantia are just as inviting as the wines they produce. A mix of lush gardens and rolling hills dotted with ancient oaks make it a beautiful place to visit.
Visitors can enjoy guided tours around the vineyard followed by tastings at their cellar door where they can sample some of their finest wines straight from the barrel or bottle them on-site for later enjoyment at home or abroad!
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