The Constantia Wine Route is the most spectacular wine experience in the world, offering a unique blend of centuries-old established wine homesteads and new, stylish boutique wineries in a setting of unsurpassed beauty and heritage.
Constantia is the oldest wine region in Southern Africa. The first Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, researched the soils and climate and determined that the region had the best climate to plant vines – the first were planted here in 1685.
Constantia wines, grown on the slopes of Table Mountain, have been world famous ever since – Napoleon Bonaparte, on his deathbed, requested the sweet wines of Constantia.
Constantia’s magnificent mountain countryside produces a wide range of iconic, premium wines of world-class quality, and is only 20 minutes from Cape Town city centre. Visit this beautiful, lush suburban area with incredible green belts and direct access to Table Mountain.Contact Us
Besides enjoying the spectacular wine tastings and restaurants that Constantia has to offer, visitors have a variety of activities and points of interest to keep them busy in this area. Enjoy various local markets at weekends, try the open-air cinema picnics at Kirstenbosch in the warmer months, or keep an eye out in the media for various concerts, events and activities.
It is the oldest wine-producing region in the Southern Hemisphere, with an uninterrupted history of winemaking since 1685. The Constantia Valley wine route consists of 10 wine farms, including the historic Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia and Buitenverwachting, and is a mere 20 minutes from the Cape Town city centre.
The Constantia Valley offers a wide selection of dining experiences, catering for all tastes and ages. From the world-class Jonkershuis Restaurant to La Colombe at Silvermist and Buitenverwachting Restaurant, this wine route is a foodie’s dream. The valley is also dotted with bistros, pubs and variety of al fresco, family-friendly restaurants for those who like their dining more relaxed.
The Constantia Wine Route offers a unique blend of centuries-old established wine farms and stylish new boutique wineries in a beautiful setting. You will be spoilt for choice in this sophisticated city wine route, with a range of offerings a tap on your smartphone away. Expect stylish accommodation at world-class establishments such as Constantia Valley Lodge, The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, Steenberg Hotel, The Last Word or White Lodge Constantia Guest House, as well as the option of more secluded guesthouses, cosy B&Bs or self-catering villa accommodation.
Those looking to relax and unwind in the valley are spoilt for choice. Choose from day spas, beauty salons, and yoga and fitness studios. Many of the wine farms, such as Steenberg, also offer spa facilities for residents.
Visitors to this wine route within the city limits have their pick of activities. From soaking up the history of the valley at historic wine estates, to golf at the Steenberg Golf Club or taking the kids to the Acrobranch adventure park, there is sure to be something to keep everybody happy.
Top Things To See And Do
- Oyster and champagne tasting at Steenberg
- Dinner at Catharina’s Restaurant at Steenberg
- The Bike Park at Constantia Uitsig
- Lunch at Open Door Restaurant
- Breakfast at the Coffee BloC at Buitenverwachting
- VIP cellar tour and Vin de Constance tasting at Klein Constantia
- Tasting in the boutique cellar followed by lunch under the oak trees at Jonkershuis, overlooking False Bay
- Picnic and wine tasting at Eagles Nest
- Wine tasting at Constantia Glen, paired with cheese and charcuterie boards
- Tapas and wine tasting at Beau Constantia and Chef’s Warehouse
Watch out for the Constantia Food and Wine Festival, as well as the Constantia Fresh Festival, with its combination of wine and the best that local chefs have to offer.
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