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“South Afican History” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Groot Constantia

Groot Constantia
Groot Constantia Estate | Groot Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town Central 8000 , South Africa
+27 21 794 5128
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Type: Wineries
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Groot Constantia is South Africa's oldest wine producing estate, (est: 1685). Situated 20 minutes from Cape Town central and one of the Big 6 tourist destinations, Groot Constantia is a must visit. With two fine restaurants, Jonkershuis and Simon's (contact details on website), wine tastings, chocolate and wine pairing, cellar tours and a museum that reminds one of a bygone era, this beautiful historic winery is a popular attraction.
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Pretoria, South Africa
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“South Afican History”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Groot Constantia is the name of the farm of Simon Van der Stell who was the tenth commander of the Dutch East India Company of the settlement at the Cape. He commissioned the building of Stellenbosch and also instructed that houses in the Cape should be build according to the Cape-Dutch style (white walls, facade, reed roof) and brought thousands of oak trees to the Cape.
We visited the large farm in winter but the view towards the sea over the vineyards was still awesome. No entrance fee to visit the farm but fees are payable to enter the museums, which is a pity. There is also a restaurant, clearly popular with the locals also. Children were playing on the ground around the tables and it seems to be a very family friendly establishment.
The large oak trees are beautiful and so are the squirrels rushing up and down the trunks. Information boards help visitors to ensure that they do not miss any of the attractions.

Visited June 2013
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“Beautiful winery - location location and stunning wine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

This was a little detour and what a detour it turned out to be. The setting is absolutely stunning so allow a little time to enjoy the grounds. The wine is absolutely stunning. We stocked up prior to going on safari for 18 days and enjoyed this visit for many days to come. S African wines are absolutely beautiful. I'm a white drinker and loved every wine I had. The Cape Town climate is obviously conducive to producing great wines.

You will pay for tasting but then if you purchase it comes off the price of the wine.

Visited May 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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“lovely setting, but indifferent service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

simply don't know why they served the way they did - couldn't care less. the place is very nice. it has all the hardware of a great winery for wine tasting. i think it must have something to do with its management. almost everywhere i went to in Cape Town, service was excellent including parking assistants. and this, you chose the wine, they poured the wine into your glass, there you go, job done.

Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Bit disappointed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

To be honest, i had heard such great things about this place, that i was really looking forward to it. I was disappointed as i feel that the tasting as we did not have much of a choice as to what we could taste and i found the prices pricy.

Visited October 2012
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Good,Better,Best - Groot Constantia Wine Farm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

This is a wine farm is definitely worth visiting! It's a place where you can enjoy great wine and experience the history of the Cape. There is a wide selection of wine for tasting and the staff are efficient and friendly.

Visited May 2013
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GrantNewton007, Manager at Groot Constantia, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Hi Janine M,
I'm glad you enjoyed your visit... Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with the TripAdvisor community. We really appreciate the awesome review!
Enjoy your travels ;-)
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