What to Expect on your Constantia Day Tour
Constantia is regarded as one of the most affluent areas and the oldest Suburb in Cape Town. It’s situated 15 km South of the City Center. The area is famous for its Wines as it lies very close to the ocean that lends itself to cool breezes that favors many varietals.
Groot Constantia Estate
Hendrik Adriaan van Rheede tot Drakenstein granted the farm to Simon Van Der Stel while on a visit to the Cape and Groot Constantia was then established by the Dutch Colonial Governor, Simon Van Der Stel in 1685. Groot means Large in Afrikaans. Simon Van Der Stel built the Manor House and produced wine, fruit, vegetables and had cattle on the farm. Simon Van Der Stel died in 1712 and the farm was then split into 3 parts – Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia and Bergvliet.
Groot Constantia if famous for its high-quality red wines - Shiraz, Merlot and blended red Gouverneurs Reserve. The Farm also produces a dessert wine, called Grand Constance since the 1880s.
Not only can you go and taste its many wines and take a tour of the fermentation process. Groot Constantia has beautiful gardens you can picnic at.
The oldest farm is Steenberg Wine Estate that was established in 1682 by Catherina Ustings Ras. She was a German immigrant to the Cape Dutch Colony. Steenberg is translates - Mountain of Stone. Due to the rocky mountains the farm is surrounded by. Ras received a lease from Simon Van Der Stel to cultivate the land and then received the deed for the land after Simon Van Der Stel founded Groot Constantia. The farm then was called Swaaneweide which means – feeding place of the swans. Ras then grew 30 000 vines and supplied the ships that docked in Simon's Town in Winter as the bay was safer in Simon's Town during the winter period.
Steenberg now is a place of Great Wines, Golf Course, Restaurants, Spa, Hotel and Residents.