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Cape Town stop of the month: Groot Constantia

  • 14 July 2017 | Sadiqah Slamong

Take a step back in time with beautifully conserved architecture, such as the historic bath. (Image: Groot Constantia)

The winelands of Groot Constantia estate remain a favourite stop on our Wine Tour – experience the majestic mountains, row upon row of lush grapevines and Cape Dutch-style buildings. Along with this vast array of visual delights, visitors can indulge in the many attractions on offer, including cellar tours and wine tastings.

Here’s our list of the five best ways to enjoy your time at this stop:

Groot Constantia is the oldest working wine estate in South Africa, take a walk amonth the vines! (Image: Groot Constantia)

1. Take a romantic walk among the vines

Nothing says “romance” like a slow meander over raw earth while breathing in fresh mountain air. On days when the weather is pleasant, nature-lovers will appreciate the calming atmosphere and natural beauty. We suggest you take the time to enjoy the sights while you contemplate which attraction to try first.

Enjoy gorgeous views under the tree-lined drive towards the gate posts. (Image: Groot Constantia)

2. Drink some wine … of course

Groot Constantia wines are legendary; they’ve been written about in bucket-list books and were coveted by kings and queens in Europe in the 1800s. The Grand Constance, in particular, has a rich history and is a favourite with visitors. Why not book a guided cellar tour and tasting, and grab a bottle of prize-winning wine while you’re there?

Chocolate and wine pairing. (Image: Groot Constantia)

3. Indulge in guilty pleasures

The chocolate and wine pairing forms part of the VIP cellar tour, or can be booked on its own. Visitors are treated to a sumptuous array of wrapped chocolates paired with white, red and Bordeaux wines. Those who’ve had the luxury of spoiling themselves to the pairing have been pleasantly surprised by the generous helpings, expert combinations and friendly staff.

Jonkershuis Restaurant at Groot Constantia. (Image: Cameraland)

4. Have a picnic – no need for a basket

Foodies will fall in love with the wide selection available at Simon’s Deli. Put together your own picnic spread (or order a pre-packed one). Choose from a selection of cold meats, cheeses and fresh breads, paired with your choice of wine. For something more formal, try Jonkershuis Restaurant instead.

Groot Constantia estate. (Image: Cameraland)

5. Take a selfie

The Groot Constantia estate is breathtaking, and that’s putting it lightly. The historical buildings, stately old oak trees and grapevines as far as the eye can see lend themselves to the perfect setting for a family photo shoot or impromptu selfies. Whatever your preference, the options are endless.

Take advantage of City Sightseeing’s online specials and receive a discount when you purchase a one-day or two-day ticket. More money in your pocket means you can splurge on essentials – like an extra bottle of wine with lunch.