Constantia Wine Route
The Constantia Wine Route offers a unique blend of centuries-old homesteads and stylish new boutique wineries in spectacular mountain countryside just 20 minutes from Cape Town's city centre.
Here you can sample a wide range of premium wines, take a stroll through beautiful greenbelts, enjoy a sensational taste experience at one of the many restaurants, sip champagne on the lawns of the wineries or in the boutique hotels and view fine art made by local artists.
Besides enjoying the spectacular wine tastings and restaurants that Constantia has to offer, visitors have a variety of activities and points of interest to keep them busy in this area.
Enjoy various local markets at weekends, try the open-air cinema picnics at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in the warmer months, or keep an eye out in the media for various concerts, events and activities.
Visit this beautiful, lush suburban area with incredible green belts and direct access to Table Mountain.
Constantia is the oldest wine-producing region in the Southern Hemisphere, with an uninterrupted history of winemaking since 1685. The first Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, researched the soils and climate and determined that the region had the best climate to plant vines – the first were planted here in 1685.
Constantia wines, grown on the slopes of Table Mountain, have been world famous ever since – Napoleon Bonaparte, on his deathbed, requested the sweet wines of Constantia.
The Constantia Wine Route offers a wide selection of dining experiences, catering for all tastes and ages. From the world-class Jonkershuis Restaurant to La Colombe at Silvermist Organic Estate and Buitenverwachting Restaurant, this wine route is a foodie’s dream.
Those looking to relax and unwind in the valley are spoilt for choice. Choose from day spas, beauty salons, and yoga and fitness studios. Many of the wine farms, such as Steenberg, also offer spa facilities for residents.
Visitors to this wine route within the city limits have their pick of activities. From soaking up the history of the valley at historic wine estates, to golf at the Steenberg Golf Club or taking the kids to the Acrobranch adventure park, there is sure to be something to keep everybody happy.
- Oyster and champagne tasting at Steenberg
- Dinner at Catharina’s Restaurant at Steenberg
- The Bike Park at Constantia Uitsig
- Lunch at Open Door Restaurant
- Breakfast at the Coffee Bloc at Buitenverwachting
- VIP cellar tour and Vin de Constance tasting at Klein Constantia
- Tasting in the boutique cellar followed by lunch under the oak trees at Jonkershuis, overlooking False Bay
- Picnic and wine tasting at Eagles Nest
- Wine tasting at Constantia Glen, paired with cheese and charcuterie boards
- Tapas and wine tasting at Beau Constantia and Chef’s Warehouse
Watch out for the Constantia Food and Wine Festival, as well as the Constantia Fresh Festival, with its combination of wine and the best that local chefs have to offer.
What’s new on the Constantia Wine Route?
The Constantia Wine Route is known all around the world for being the oldest wine region in South Africa. And although this classic wine destination has a rich heritage with deep roots, it is continuously evolving – adding new wines, exciting experiences and special offers to keep visitors coming back for more.
The Journey of a Grape
The journey from vine to glass is a matter of science and circumstance. There are a wide number of species of vines which bears a variety of grapes, known as varietals. Each varietal, affected by soil type, climate, wind, farming practices and other factors produces various characteristics.
Tshepang Molisana shares the journey of a grape from vine to wine glass with us.