Groot Constantia Highlights
- South Africa’s oldest wine estate, producing wine since 1685
- Tour the estate, the Manor House Museum, the historical Cloete Cellar
- Taste 5 wines
Get a Taste of the Legendary Wine
Experience Groot Constantia’s new Visitors Route, an all-in-one experience of the Manor House Museum, the original Cloete Cellar and the current production cellar, and includes a tasting of five wines as well as a genuine crystal Spiegelau wine glass which is yours to keep. The cellar tour and vineyard walk is self-guided, and available via an online app that can be downloaded free of charge. Groot Constantia is South Africa’s oldest wine estate, and has been producing wine since 1685. Today, Groot Constantia is a national monument and heritage site, and one of South Africa’s most visited tourist attractions.
The History of Groot Constantia Winery
Groot Constantia, established in 1685, was the first wine farm in South Africa. It was founded by Simon van der Stel in an effort to teach farmers how to cultivate wine properly. By 1709 there were 70,000 vines on the farm, and Constantia wines had become well-known in Europe. In fact, even Napoleon was a fan!
Closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday
Advice for visitors
It is easy to spend the whole day at the Groot Constantia estate. There are numerous walks, restaurants and wine tasting experiences on offer. Those with a sweet tooth will love the chocolate and wine pairing, and fine wine fans will want to head straight to the tasting room for a taste of the many vintages Groot Constantia has to offer.
Did you know
Groot Constantia wine gained such a high reputation abroad that that King Louis Phillipe of France sent an order aboard the French ship La Soane, to purchase wine from the farm. This first order was made in 1883, but King Phillipe was such a fan that more orders followed in 1834 and 1836.