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.
I visited the estate in July on a crisp and clear winters morning and was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the vineyards were. I even spotted some new green shoots, a great sign for the next harvest season.
While the old oaks were in their winter hibernation, they were still spectacular: large and standing as sentinels over the estate. Visitors to the estate enjoy strolls through the trees, vineyards and the buildings and I noticed a few people enjoying their morning coffee at Jonkershuis while warming up under the winter’s sun.
The splendor of the oaks, the vernacular architecture and their world-class wines are all to be savoured. I recommend making a day of it – eat, drink, linger and stroll.
The estate offers visitors a variety of experiences, which include wine tastings, cellar tours, chocolate and wine pairings, two amazing restaurants, a museum and an art gallery.
The City Sightseeing Bus is probably the best way to get to Groot Constantia as they provide you with a designated driver! Take the Blue Mini Peninsula Bus and hop off at Stop 21, Constantia Nek and meet the Purple Wine Bus for a short 10-minute trip into the Constantia Valley and straight to Groot Constantia.
In August celebrate Women’s Month with Groot Constantia where every Saturday and Sunday the Mangwanani African Spa will be open to offer treatments from the Top Cellar. Read more about it here: Groot Constantia Women's Month Press Release.