Jane Austin recommended wine from Constantia for its “healing powers on a disappointed heart” and the same wine eased the exiled Napoleon from this world into the next. So whether you are broken hearted, happily in love, in-between romances, on holiday in the most beautiful city in the world or a homegrown Kaapenaar there is a day of wine and fun waiting for you.
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“Our tour of the Constantia Wine Region, the first wine region in South Africa and the oldest outside of Europe, takes in a blend of historic wine estates and newer, boutique wine farms that have sprung up in the last 20 years. (There are now 11 wine estates/wine farms in Constantia and it is impossible to visit all of them in one day.)
Sauvignon Blanc is the signature wine of the region,17 different styles of which are produced, but there is a wide variety of wines, both red and white, to suit all palates.
1. We collect our guests from their place of accommodation at 0930, or any alternative time (post rush-hour) to suit, in our air-conditioned, luxury mini bus that seats up to 8 people.
2. The tour starts with an overview and introduction, over coffee and refreshments, at Steenberg Wine & Golf Estate, which affords a panoramic view of the geography of the whole Constantia Wine Region.
3. From Steenberg, we proceed to Groot Constantia for a tour of the historic Cape Dutch manor house that was the original home of Simon van der Stel, the first governor of the old Cape Dutch Colony, who planted the first Constantia vineyards in 1685 and who owned the entire region in those early days.
4. First wine tasting at High Constantia, a boutique winery with first bottling in 2000, but whose vineyards date back to 1693. Famous for its Clos Andre Cap Classique, and superlative Bordeaux blends.
5. Second wine tasting, by way of immediate contrast, is at Buitenverwachting or Klein Constantia, historic wine estates with Cape Dutch manor houses, whose famous wines need no introduction.
6. Wine tasting and light lunch (inclusive of wine) at Constantia Glen, a boutique winery noted for its outstanding Sauvignon Blanc and Bordeaux blends.
7. After lunch, wine tasting at either Buitenverwachting or Klein Constantia (depending on which one was not visited before lunch).
8. Final wine tasting and re-embarkation into a 4 wheel drive (weather permitting) at Eagle’s Nest, a boutique winery with the steepest gradient vineyards in Constantia, which afford breathtaking mountain views.
9. Return to place of accommodation at + – 1630. (NB: all times are flexible, depending on time taken at tastings, lunch etc. We aim to accommodate our guests at their own speed and leisure, rather than watch the clock.)
Costs are R1150 per person, inclusive of all refreshments, wine tastings, for which all Constantia wine estates/farms charge varying amounts of between R40,00 – R50,00 per person, the history tour of Groot Constantia Cape Dutch manor house (the only historic manor house in the region that admits the public (for a fee), lunch, transport of course, pick-up and return to place of accommodation.
Please call me on 082 377 5233 to discuss your own particular requirements, dates, times, pick-up points etc. Alternatively, give our office a call on 021 7944 873