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The first wine estates in South Africa were established in Constantia in Cape Town not long after the arrival of Jan van Riebeek in 1652. The oldest is Groot Constantia granted to Simon van der Stel in 1685 and from which Klein Constantia, High Constantia, Constantia Uitsig and Buitenverwachting originated. Most of the estates are located in the Constantia Valley but we have included the Cape Point Vineyards in the ShowMe tour because of its unusual and spectacular location in Noordhoek between the two great oceans.
This is where your tour of the Cape Winelands should begin.
|Groot Constantia Wine Estate is the oldest estate in South Africa. Established by Simon van der Stel, who landed in the Cape in 1679 and became Governor, Groot Constantia is an icon in the wine industry in South Africa. Van der Stel had gained experience in viticulture at his estate in the Netherlands and so the illustrious history of wine making at Groot Constantia began when he was granted 763Ha by the Dutch East India Company in 1785. Learn more …|
|Buitenverwachting Wine Estate originally formed part of the Groot Constantia land granted to Simon van der Stel in the late seventeen hundreds. It is perfectly situated on the beautiful slopes of the Constantiaberg a mere 12Km from False Bay. Although the farm has changed hands many times over the centuries it has always flourished thanks to Ryk Arnoldus Cloete, brother of the famous Hendrik Cloete of Constantia, who planted 90 000 vines in 1825. Learn more …|
|Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate was originally a part of the Groot Constantia Estate owned by the renowned Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel. The Lategan family arrived in the country in 1735 and acquired the land sometime after van der Stel gained official title in 1785. Learn more …|
|Steenberg Wine Estate had its origins in 1688 when Catharina Michelse, a colourful, 5 times married German immigrant, was granted title to 25 morgen from the Groot Constantia land granted to Simon van der Stel. Catharina was a fiercely independent woman who rode bareback and whose children resembled Indian cannibals. The estate was purchased by Hendrik Russouw in 1695 and he produced the first wines from the farm then named Swaaneweide. Learn more …|
|Cape Point Vineyards is unique in the world because of its location on the Cape Peninsula between two different oceans – the icy Atlantic and the warm False Bay currents from the Indian Ocean. The estate lies on the slopes of Chapman’s Peak adjacent to the Table Mountain National Park in Noordhoek – spectacular vistas of the indigenous fynbos with mountain and sea views meet the eye at every turn. Learn more …|
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