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Groot Constantia (est 1685) - Cape Town

 Groot Constantia Wine Estate        CAPE TOWN

Map: locale of Groot Constantia Historic Wine Estate, Cape Town

Groot Constantia - established in 1685

Groot Constantia showcases a beautiful example of original Cape Dutch architecture, set in this old historic wine estate. The entire estate is a national heritage site and is a fully operational farm. The wines are superb – just perfect for that dinner party, to share the wonderful memories and photos of your trip with friends back home!

The historical wine estate dates back to 1685. The Dutch were the first Europeans to settle the region in 1652. Their farms provided much needed supplies for their trading ships sailing around the Cape en route to the Dutch colonies in the East Indies. Their role in the history of the Cape is clearly imprinted on both language and architecture.

Grand Constance - a commemorative inscription

An inscription on the Grand Constance wine bottle commemorates the discovery of a broken fragment of a wine bottle from this estate, found on the beach at Lewes, Delaware (USA) in 2004. The fragment of glass was inscribed "Constantia Wyn" and it was traced by American historians with the other artifacts found, to the Severn, a British supply ship that sank in Delaware Bay in 1774. At a formal ceremony in Lewes, a certificate was presented to Groot Constantia estate that includes the quote:
"Because of the broken wine bottle recovered from the "Severn" for marketing to the colonies, the State of Delaware and the Groot Constantia Estate and Winery will always share an association. It continues today, uniquely providing a link to our past, our maritime heritage and our ties to the sea".

Attractions

Available activities include a guided tour through Groot Constantia’s wine cellar and the modern wine production process, wine tasting and dining at one of the restaurants on the estate. Of special interest is the historic old wine press and Cape Dutch furniture on display. Don’t leave without a souvenir bottle or case of wine selected from the many award-winning vintages available.

Read more about Groot Constantia and Constantia Valley Winelands.
Hop On - Hop Off Bus Constantia Valley Wine Tours - Hop On - Hop Off Bus

Hop On - Hop Off Wine Tours

The Wine Tour Bus is an extension on the Blue Mini Peninsula Tour. The first bus departs at 9:00 a.m. from CitySightseeing's Ticket Office outside Two Oceans Aquarium, V&A Waterfront.

This service offers three Constantia Valley wine stops: Beau Constantia Wine Estate, Groot Constantia Wine Estate and Eagles' Nest Wine Farm.


Cape Peninsula Attractions

| Highlights of the Cape Peninsula| Boyes Drive | Cape Town and Peninsula Beaches |
| Camps Bay | Cape Point and Cape Of Good Hope Nature Reserve |
| Chapman's Peak Drive |False Bay Attractions and Activities |
| Groot Constantia Wine Estate | Hout Bay | Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens |
| Llandudno | Penguin Colony at Boulders | Silvermine Nature Reserve |

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