Did you know that the oldest wineries in South Africa date back to 1685 and can be found just 15 minutes south of Cape Town’s bustling central business district?
The country’s first vines were actually planted even before that in 1652 by a Dutch surgeon called Jan van Riebeeck, who intended to produce grapes to ward off scurvy among those sailing along the Spice Route. Only in 1659 were the first grapes crushed, then almost three decades later Simon van der Stel purchased 750 hectares of vines, establishing South Africa’s very first wine region, which is known as Constantia. Over the last few centuries, this region has been divided into several wine estates, and the best way to experience them all is to follow the Constantia Wine Route.
Many have come to know and love the old homesteads and boutique wineries of this area as much as those further afield in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. From the historical heart of Klein Constantia to the modern trappings of Beau Constantia, the route will take you through the unsurpassed beauty of the Constantia Valley. Whether you want to journey back in time on a cellar tour at Groot Constantia or enjoy a platter at Constantia Glen, this wine route has something for everyone. Sample award-winning wines, indulge in some of the finest cuisine, take a stroll through the vineyards or greenbelts, and then spend the night in luxury in one of the five-star hotels. What more could you want?
Our team at Elite Travel Concept has a particular penchant for the sumptuous breakfasts at Bistro Sixteen82 on Steenberg Farm and the peachy viognier at Eagles’ Nest. We’d love you to savour them for yourselves.
So if this world-class wine route pops your cork, just contact Elite Concept Travel to start planning how to make the most of this fabulous region.