Constantia Wine Route

Constantia Wine tour

About Constantia

Constantia is one of the most up market suburbs of Cape Town with enormous houses set in leafy grounds behind big walls. In the shadow of Table Mountain the area is green and cool with a good selection of hotels and guest houses. Groot Constantia, the Cape’s oldest vineyard and fine Cape Dutch homestead is located here and is well worth a visit. When you go, take a look at the fine sculptured pediment over the cellar and see if you can spot the cherub who lost his manhood during recent renovations.

In the late 1980’s a bottle of 1791 Constantia wine was discovered in the Duke of Northumberland’s cellar in the UK, and returned to South Africa for a ceremonial tasting. Napoleon is said to have favoured the sweet wines of Constantia above all others and this 200 year old deep amber liquid had withstood the passing years amazingly well. Its sweet fruity flavour scored incredible 18.7 points out of 20, by the wine experts on the tasting panel.
Cape Dutch homestead in Constantia

Constantia Wine Route

Constantia was one of the first wine-producing areas of the Western Cape. Rich in heritage and beauty, the Constantia Wine Route comprises of Groot Constantia, Buitenverwachting and Klein Constantia. Located at the centre of the Cape Peninsula, the Constantia Valley stretches up the south-east slopes of the Table Mountain National Park and is just a 10- minute drive from Cape Town’s city centre.

Groot Constantia is one of the first and finest examples of Cape Dutch architecture, and the homestead is exquisitely furnished with antiques. The Wine Museum has a number of interesting exhibits, including stoneware dating from 500 BC to the present day. Wine can be sampled and purchased on the estate. There are two restaurants on the estate.

Closed New Years Day, Good Friday and Christmas Day. Wine tours are conducted daily every hour: 11:00 - 15:00. Open daily: 10:00 - 17:00.

Klein Constantia also has an old Cape Dutch homestead, open to the public for wine tasting and sales. Buitenverwachting is famed for its superb wines and an elegant restaurant.

Constantia wine producing areas:

Buitenverwachting, Wine Farm, Constantia

This beautiful farm on the east-facing slopes of the magnificent Constantiaberg and barely 12km from False Bay, originally formed part of the Constantia Estate, which was founded by Simon van der Stel, the first Governor of the new Dutch colony at the tip of Africa. This estate is most famous for its pleasant and spacious grounds, excellent internationally acclaimed wines of great complexity with unique aromatic profiles (Buiten Blanc and Rhine Riesling among the more well-known) and one of Cape Town's best restaurants.
Contact Buitenverwachting
Klein Constantia Road,
Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa
Winery: +27 (0)21 794 5190
Restaurant: +27 (0)21 794 3522
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The Cellars Hohenort (unified Klaasenbosch wine estate and Hohenort manor house)

The Cellars Hohenort Hotel is situated in the heart of the secure Constantia Valley in Cape Town, The Cellars-Hohenort unifies two great traditions: the magnificent restoration of the Cellars of the 18th century Klaasenbosch wine estate and the splendid Hohenort manor house previously owned by the Spilhaus family. Nestled against the densely forested eastern slopes of Table Mountain, the hotel affords breathtaking views across the Constantia Valley to False Bay.
Contact Cellars Hohenort
93 Brommerslvlei
Constantia, Cape Town, 7800 South Africa
Tel: +27 21 794 2137
fax: +27 21 794 2149
Cellars Hohenort on the web:

Constantia Uitsig

Just 20 minutes from the heart of the city, Constantia Uitsig is truly Cape Town’s own Vineyard. The breathtaking rural beauty of a valley, where vineyard rows stretch up the mountainside, is unique in today’s overcrowded world. This is a 200-acre wine farm which, besides its cellar tours and wine tasting, offers luxury Cape cottage accommodation set in the lush grounds. Constantia Uitsig now boasts award winning wines, three world-renowned restaurants, a private cricket oval, Spa and a 16-roomed luxury hotel.
Contact Constantia Uitsig
Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia, Cape Town
Tel: + 27 (0) 21 794 6500
Fax: + 27 (0) 21 794 7605
Constantia Uitsig full contact info on the Web: here

Groot Constantia

The story of Groot Constantia, the finest surviving example of Cape Dutch architecture and one of South Africa’s foremost historical monuments and tourist attractions, dates back to 1685. Groot Constantia has been producing wine for more than three centuries. The biggest and grandest of the Constantia wine estates, Groot Constantia offers guests wine tastings surrounded by traditional buildings, beautiful gardens and traditional Cape food at the Jonkershuis Restaurant. Cellar tours are available on request.
Contact Groot Constantia
Private Bag X1, Constantia 7848 South Africa
Tel: +27 21 794-5128
Fax: +27 21 794-1999
Groot Constantia on the web:

Klein Constantia

The verdant Constantia valley, home to Klein Constantia Estate, is the oldest, most enduring vineyard region in the Cape, first producing wine in 1689. Klein Constantia specialises in Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Marlbrook and Vin de Constance, the re-creation of the legendary Constantia wine. This estate's flagship wine is the Vin de Constance, a dessert wine that was once enjoyed by Napoleon, Bismarck and Frederick the Great, as well as being mentioned in novels of Austen and Dickens.
Contact Klein Constantia
Klein Constantia Estate,
P O Box 375, Constantia, 7848, South Africa.
Tel: +27 (0)21 794 5188
Fax: +27 (0)21 794 2464
Klein Constantia on the web:
Constantia Wine harvesting