Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Groot Constantia

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.

7 comments:

  1. The cape dutch house looks great, well worth preserving. Those grape vines are just starting to grow nicely, our are all leafless and resting for the winter.

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  2. Oh those vineyards are beautiful! I have been to Groot Constantia and it has to be one of the prettiest! I love the history and imagining what those walls could tell us if they could talk!

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  3. Great photos! Went there many years ago when Elaine was 3 years old! Need to revisit - BUT this weekend we are planning to go to Meerlust, Rust en Vrede, Kanonkop and lunch at Asara - need to show it to hubby and Mr T!

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  4. shew, maar die Kaap is 'n mooi plek!!! *giggle*

    Thats home town for me babe!!

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  5. This one is definitely on my to-do list! Can't believe I haven't been yet!

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  6. Hi, I'm here from Faye's Photos and so enjoyed looking at your work. I will definitely be back again.

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  7. Yes, we love Groot Constantia too!

    Pity they no longer allow free ue of their picnic lawn, but it was only a matter of time - people were really abusing their hospitality. So now it's 'pay for a gourmet picnic basket or go elsewhere' like every other wine farm. Boo :-(

    Jonkershuis is a great winter venue, very Cape and cosy.

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