Groot Constantia in Cape Town is the oldest wine estate in South Africa. It was established in 1685 by the VOC Governor of the Cape of Good Hope Simon van der Stel, and was used to produce wine as well as other fruit and vegetables and cattle farming.
In 1969 the Cape Dutch style manor house became part of the South African Cultural History Museum, and in 1993 the estate passed into the ownership of the Groot Constantia Trust. The exhibition in the house is managed by Iziko Museums of Cape Town.
Groot Constantia produces some excellent wines and a visit to the estate would not be complete without a wine tasting session at their visitor centre or a meal at the Jonkershuis Restaurant overlooking the vineyards and False Bay in the distance.