Constantia: This is the oldest of the wine-producing areas in the Cape and the Constantia Wine Route offers a glimpse into history, dating back to the first winemakers. The valley still produces internationally renowned award-winning wines. Groot Constantia Estate is the oldest wine estate in the country.
Constantia Wine Route: The route includes the estates of Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia, Buiteverwachting, Constantia Uitsig and Steenberg. The route is well sign-posted but most of the estates are closed on Saturday afternoons and Sundays. Superb accommodation facilities and restaurants add to the attraction.
Entertainment And Shopping
Alphen Constantia Market: This event is held in Constantia Road on the first and last Saturdays of every month. The manor house at Alphen is a national monument, containing fine antique furniture and paintings. The hotel also serves wonderful meals.
History And Architecture
Groot Constantia Manor: The oldest homestead in the Cape, situated on the Groot Constantia wine estate, is an excellent example of Cape Dutch architecture. It was built in 1685 by the then Dutch Governor, Simon van der Stel, as his private estate. A century later it became famous for its wines. The Cloete family owned the farm from 1778 to 1885 and adapted it to its present style. The museum portrays life in the eighteenth century, with furniture and paintings to match. Rare Chinese and Japanese porcelains, Delft ceramics and drinking and storage vessels from 5000 BC to the nineteenth century are also on display. The Islamic shrine or kramat, part of a chain of kramats circling the Cape Peninsula, can also be visited.