The moment you enter Groot Constantia wine estate you’ll realise you’re in for a pretty unique experience. This is the South Africa’s oldest wine producing estate, established by Simon van der Stel in 1685 and is today a certified national monument. What awaits you is a captivating culmination of South African heritage, delectable dining, and, of course, an award-winning selection of spectacular wines, all available for tasting. The dramatic oak-lined avenue takes you directly into the Historical core of the estate, where you’ll find the 17th century Manor House, arguably the finest surviving example of Cape Dutch architecture in South Africa. The view from in front of this grand old homestead will most certainly put you in the perfect mind-set to experience what is easily the Cape’s finest estate.
Two superb restaurants, in Jonkershuis and Simon’s, offer al-fresco dining at its finest with everything from traditional Cape Malay Babotie to freshly caught line fish and some of the best homemade desserts money can buy. Weddings and functions are enthusiastically attended all year round and who wouldn’t want to be at one of those? A visit to Groot Constantia is not complete without experiencing what made it a household name with the Aristocracy of days gone by and, eventually, your focus will turn to the wine. You’ll be hard-pressed not to leave with a new appreciation for fine wine, and at least a few bottles under your arm.