Constantia Wine Tour - 1 Day

Constantia Valley is the oldest wine producing region in the southern hemisphere with an uninterrupted history of winemaking since 1685.

The name Constantia is linked with the most famous wines ever produced in this country and it all began at our very own Groot Constantia. Today the Constantia Wine Route consists of 10 farms, each with their own distinctive heritage and premium wines.

Enjoyed by Napoleon Bonaparte and royalty in the 18th century, the Constantia Wine Route’s unique combination of terroir and climate produces some of the world’s finest wines that continue to this day to win accolades and international awards for consistently high standard and quality.

Indulge in wine tasting and cellar tours just 15 minutes from the centre of Cape Town, and buy your favourite tipple directly from the estates.

Although Pinotage is South Africa’s signature wine, Constantia wineries are more recognised for producing their eponymous sweet dessert wine, which is made from Muscat Blanc and Petit Grains grapes that are grown across the region. The Constantia Valley wine route is regarded as one of the most spectacular wine experiences in the world courtesy of breathtaking landscapes, unrivalled heritage and 10 wine estates ranging from traditional homesteads to new stylish boutique wineries.

Places of Interest

First Vineyard

Located on Constantia Nek within the Table Mountain National Park, which is a recognised World Heritage Site. Here you will find a private estate in excess of 120 acres.  Boasting a Boutique Hotel, Restaurants, Organic Vineyards, Indigenous Fynbos, wildlife, and hiking trails. The Estate is secluded, tranquil and just a short drive away from countless restaurants, bars, shopping malls and beaches.

Second Vineyard

South Africa’s oldest wine-producing farm, continuing to produce legendary wine since 1685.

Groot Constantia is an important part of World Wine Heritage and a world-class international tourism destination, capturing the rich and diverse heritage of South Africa, to deliver a unique cultural, social and historical experience, to locals and tourists alike. Delivering world class, quality wines, sensory encounters and special experiences, it is an iconic example of the preservation of South African culture and heritage in the wine industry.

It is still, after a history of more than 300 years, a fully operational farm and one of South Africa’s most visited tourist attractions where a wide range of quality estate wines are created and sold

Third Vineyard

The Cape’s first farm, established in 1682, has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Roughly 30 minutes from the bustling heart of Cape Town, Steenberg is a destination steeped in heritage.

Steenberg Farm boasts the 5-Star Steenberg Hotel & Spa, with 24 rooms encapsulating the dictum of understated luxury, offering spectacular views and discreet, personalised service. Choose from relaxed dining at Tryn or popular bistro-style fare and tapas at Bistro Sixteen82. A complete destination, the farm houses an exceptional winery, producing some of the finest Sauvignon Blanc in South Africa, along with several other celebrated varietals.

Itinerary

Day 1

• Our first stop leads us to one of the most diverse, un spoilt terrain in the city. You will be introduced to the organic wine venue that offers most spectacular views of Table Mountain Nature Reserve and the Cape Peninsula.
• Enjoying some beautiful organic wines.
• Our next stops is out at very first vineyard to be established in South Africa in 1985. Experience a walk through the cellars of the very first vineyard to be established in South Africa.
• Visit to the Manor House Museum as well as a wine tasting.
• Our last stop takes us to a vineyard with some of the best MCC on offer in the cape region. Enjoy a bubble tasting at the wine tasting bar, tasting lounge or even the outdoor terrace.

Constantia Wine Tour Includes

  • Pick up and drop off at your accommodation
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Qualified tourist guide
  • Enjoying some beautiful organic wines (Vineyard within Constantia)
  • Experience a walk through the cellars
  • Entrance fee to the Manor House Museum as well as a wine tasting (Vineyard with Constantia)
  • Enjoy a bubble tasting at the wine tasting (Vineyard within Steenberg)

Constantia Wine Tour Excludes

  • Meals
  • Any additional purchases to the itinerary

Questions about the Tour

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What is Organic Wine?

Very simply, organic wines are produced with organically grown grapes. In order to have organically grown grapes, a vineyard manager must implement an entirely different set of practices to maintain their vines.

By the way, organic doesn’t imply that the wine doesn’t have additives. There is, in fact, a list of additives, including things like yeast, egg whites, and animal enzymes (like rennet in cheese) that are allowed in organic wines. Being organic doesn’t necessarily mean a wine is vegan.

What is the Dilemma with Organic Wine?

The dilemma with organic wines (and what sets them apart from other organic foods) is the importance of sulphur-dioxide (SO2) in the winemaking process. Perhaps you’ve seen a lot more European organic (called ‘bio’) wines and this is because Europe has a different definition of organic:
• USA: “a wine made from organically grown grapes without added sulfites”
• EUROPE & CANADA: “a wine made from organically grown grapes that may contain added sulfites”

Organic wines from the US must not add sulfites, which in most scenarios greatly reduces a wine’s shelf life and, in some cases, can substantially change the flavor. Wineries find themselves in a quandary because spending the time to make organically grown grapes is immediately lost because they use SO2 in the bottling line. Read more about sulfites in wine.

What are Non-Organic Wines?

Non-Organic wines can use chemicals like herbicides and fungicides in the vineyards and other additives (like sulfur or Mega Purple) in a wine. You’ll find most of the bizarre chemicals in non-organic wines are used in the vineyard. It is common to see pesticides and fungicides used in areas that are calm (low wind) and have more moisture in the air to cause fungal infections (perhaps close to a river, pond or lake). You’ll find many fungicides and pesticides being employed to kill invasive species. For instance, in Napa, a foreign bug called the glassy winged sharpshooter is a carrier of Pierce’s Disease. This particular disease basically turns vines into lepers with rotting leaves and eventually kills them.

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Constantia Wine Tour