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  • The mechanics and excitement of the 2016 #GrootCrush

    This year marks the 331st crush at Groot Constantia, or rather, a number close to 331. As you can imagine, keeping track of events on an estate that has been producing wine for over 300 years is not an exact science. The crush this year, however, is.

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    The mechanics and excitement of the 2016 #GrootCrush
  • Celebrating #GrootHarvest with the Chinese New Year

    On February 8, China ushers in the New Year as determined by the Chinese lunar calendar. 2016 is also the official Year of Hóu (猴) with many celebrations planned all across China as they pray for a good harvest in 2016 (Feb. is the end of winter in China).

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    Celebrating #GrootHarvest with the Chinese New Year
  • 2015 – A phenomenal year for Groot Constantia

    2015 has been a bumper year for Groot Constantia. From fighting natures wrath in the form of a ravaging fire, to celebrating its 330th birthday and receiving numerous awards for their wines, this year has been beyond memorable.

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    2015 – A phenomenal year for Groot Constantia
  • 5 Reasons to join us for #SummerLuvin

    If you’re wondering how much fun there is to be had at Groot Constantia this summer, just have a look at our top 5 reasons to get super excited to come and visit and do some #SummerLuvin.

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    5 Reasons to join us for #SummerLuvin
  • Our competition entries will get you excited to visit Groot Constantia

    Earlier this year Groot Constantia celebrated its 330th year and it was an all-inclusive affair where they invited everyone to celebrate their official birth date, Monday 13 July 1685, with them.

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    Our competition entries will get you excited to visit Groot Constantia
  • The year’s most important wine dates

    Wine should be celebrated every day, but every once in a while a date rolls around that calls for a special celebration. Known as “wine days” these happy occasions are a time for pause and quiet reflection on your favourite varietal - for a day, although that title is used loosely as the “days” often stretch into weeks and months.

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    The year’s most important wine dates
  • 5 reasons to explore Groot Constantia

    Follow Di Brown as she experiences Groot Constantia's warmest country welcome and identifies the top 5 reasons why she will visit again to explore Groot Constantia's rich heritage.

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    5 reasons to explore Groot Constantia
  • The 2015 KLINK Awards are here

    It’s that time of year again when South African wine lovers choose their favourite wine destinations in categories ranging from “Comfort Zone” to “Happy Times”.

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    The 2015 KLINK Awards are here
  • Groot Constantia wine: Intertwined with modern history

    From pleasing the palate of a tactical genius to quaffing in a time of change – follow the wine journey of Bonaparte and Frederic the Great of Prussia and Groot Constantia’s Hendrik Cloete.  As one of the premier songwriters of the rock era, Robbie Robertson, said: “You don't stumble upon your heritage.  It's there, just waiting to be explored and shared.”

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    Groot Constantia wine: Intertwined with modern history
  • Groot Constantia Pinotage 2013 wins Absa Top 10 award

    Groot Constantia’s Pinotage 2013 received a well-deserved trophy at this year’s Absa Top 10 Pinotage Awards beating competition from a total of 154 wines entered.  The Absa Top 10 Pinotage Awards is one of South Africa’s premier wine industry contests, currently in its 19th consecutive year running.  The 2015 awards ceremony was held at the KWV in Paarl on 28 August.

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    Groot Constantia Pinotage 2013 wins Absa Top 10 award
  • Groot Constantia: The Grande Dame

    Groot Constantia has been described as the Grande Dame of the Constantia Winelands, and it’s not hard to see why.  The oldest wine-producing farm in the Cape turned 330 years old in July and is well worth a visit, whatever the season.

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    Groot Constantia: The Grande Dame
  • Groot Constantia: Jewel in the Cape’s wedding venue crown

    In addition to its wine pairings, Groot Constantia is famous for bringing couples together in holy matrimony in the shade of its oak trees.  Learn how to plan and experience your dream wedding at one of South Africa’s most spectacular wedding venues.

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    Groot Constantia: Jewel in the Cape’s wedding venue crown
  • The best way to get to Groot Constantia

    Cape Town really has it all; beautiful beaches, Table Mountain, fabulous people and the wine lands. My husband and I decided to take our family on a little sightseeing trip of Cape Town and my 3 year old was beside himself with excitement! 

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    The best way to get to Groot Constantia
  • Chinese New Year Celebration

    Chinese New Year is the most important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the Lunar New Year!  This year, we ushered in the Year of the Ram at Groot Constantia with our international visitors!

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    Chinese New Year Celebration
  • Groot Constantia: A Legend in its own Time

    As a wine lover I enjoy nothing more than visiting wine estates to sample fine wines, soak up the atmosphere and immerse myself in their tangible sense of history.  As most Cape wine estates have been in existence for at least two centuries, I especially love that the original buildings and homesteads on most estates are not only still standing, but are in pristine condition and that the traditions of yesteryear still remain.

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    Groot Constantia: A Legend in its own Time
  • Chocolate and Wine Tasting: a surprise treat from two Masters!

    What is your favourite type of Chocolate? Is chocolate a treat that you will like to receive? There’s a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to these humble cocoa beans…  Starting with the ancient Mayans in 250-900 AD, cacao beans were used as currency, medicine and even in marriage rituals!

    A collaboration between two masters, winemaker Boela Gerber and chocolate master Annelize Morkel have created an unique experience to tantalize your senses!

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    Chocolate and Wine Tasting: a surprise treat from two Masters!
  • Boela Gerber: Global wine trends and my winemaking philosophy

    What do you look for in a great wine? How is South African wine perceived globally? Wine tasting is a highly subjective experience, you will either love or hate the liquid gold in your glass.

    As a casual wine enthusiast, I find myself drawn to the people behind the wine and their stories. I spent a wonderful morning with Boela Gerber, Winemaker of Groot Constantia, and wanted to share some stories and highlights with you.

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    Boela Gerber: Global wine trends and my winemaking philosophy
  • Floricius Beukes: Eco friendly wine making in Groot Constantia!

    Do you actively seek out eco-friendly wine farms? Is wine making a sustainable practice?  I spent an afternoon with Floricius Beukes, Viticulturist and Estate Manager at Groot Constantia to learn more.

    Think organic composting, canopy management and  ladybug as a pest control!  Till this day, Groot Constantia maintain the tradition to prune by hand to ensure the quality of their signature wines.

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    Floricius Beukes: Eco friendly wine making in Groot Constantia!
  • Sip, scroll, vote #KlinkAwards!

    What are you looking for when you plan a holiday aboard? Do you seek out unique experiences, to taste local culture and meet artisan food makers? If yes, Cape Town should be on your bucket list! Join globetrotter Lisa Huang at the 2014 Klink Awards launch event, an outdoor food and wine festival in Groot Constantia. Learn hos you can vote for your favourite wine experience and win great prizes along the way!

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    Sip, scroll, vote #KlinkAwards!
  • Heritage sits at the heart of South Africa’s oldest wine estate

    What is heritage? A nation's heritage is inseparable from her people and history.  Join globetrotter Lisa Huang - as she sets out to explore South Africa's history at the heart of one of its oldest wine estates, Groot Constantia. Her journey starts with Jan van Riebeeck and celebrates the life of Anna de Koningh - daughter of a freed slave who became the lady of the Governor's manor.

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    Heritage sits at the heart of South Africa’s oldest wine estate

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