Groot Constantia
Groot Constantia
4.5
Historic SitesWineries & Vineyards
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Groot Constantia is South Africa's oldest wine producing estate, (est: 1685). Situated 20 minutes from the Cape Town CBD and one of Cape Town's Big 7 tourist attractions, Groot Constantia is a must visit for the whole family. With two outstanding restaurants, Jonkershuis and Simon's, 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 that exudes natural beauty. Groot Constantia can also be reached hoping on City Sightseeing's Wine Bus.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • lc2blt
    Leeds, United Kingdom107 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely wine!
    Lovel wine tasting which was very good value and we enjoyed learning about the wines and tasting all the ones on offer. We ended up buying a bottle of heir Sauvignon Blanc as it was amazing! Got to bring the glasses home too which survived the trip to the UK and we will enjoy drinking out of them! Was a good option to stop for wine tasting from the hop on hop off bus.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 1, 2023
  • Wombling_Free_7548
    Bristol, United Kingdom2,104 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit too commercial compared to the competition
    Did a quick 5 tasting, led by the excellent Zabron. Wines were not that great, and the tasting had more of a commercial, in-and-out vibe than a relaxing time. Zabron was great though and made good recommendations as well as sneaking in some of napoleons favourite dessert wine which was delicious
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 5, 2023
  • Jackson W
    Brisbane, Australia2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great historic winery with incredible food
    Incredible views, wine tasting and restaurants. We thoroughly enjoyed the wines during our tasting. The buildings and vineyards are beautifully maintained and surrounded by the mountains. We also enjoyed one of the best meals we have had throughout our South African trip at one of the restaurants. Our meals included a perfectly cooked and presented ostrich dish and a wonderful pasta with trout.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 17, 2023
  • Katherine
    Manchester, United Kingdom522 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the visit!
    With the is being the oldest vineyard in South Africa it was a must on the to do it. It was a little bit of a rush job as we got there for the last tour at 4pm. The tour was about 20mins and a great introduction to South African Wine and the Groot Constantia vineyard. The staff were lovely in the tour and to finish the wine tasting was great. I wouldn’t buy the chocolate and wine combo again as it wasnt to my tasing.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 6, 2023
  • Janet v
    Hermanus, South Africa1,605 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic
    The oldest wine estate in the W. Cape with some very unique features. For example, they grow their own pinotage grapes and their dessert wine can be kept for 100 years! Lovely outing for the family and dog. Pair your wine tasting with chocolates designed to bring out the distinctive nose and notes of the wines.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 18, 2023
  • Jen C
    Jacksonville, Florida192 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go for the views, stay for the food/ wine
    We did the self guided tour with wine/chocolate tasting with our 3 kids (13, 11, 9). I was worried they would be bored or it was too adult for them to enjoy but there were TONS of other families there, too. They enjoyed seeing the old furniture and household items and stealing our chocolate from the wine tasting 😉 Wine was delicious and expertly explained and our lunch was divine too. A glorious day!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 21, 2023
  • 260facebook
    Crawley, United Kingdom27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our visit to Groot Constantia
    We were visiting Groot Constantia on our recent visit to Cape Town and, just had to go to the Constantia vineyard while their. We got the Blue line hop on hop off bus which took us into the estate where we ordered our favourite wine Groot Constantia special reserve which we arranged to be shipped home, plus bought a couple of spares to be carried home ourselves. Once the transaction was completed and, also had an opportunity to try another we decided to finish our visit by having a lunch at our favourite restaurant Simon's which is on the estate. The meal was absolutely amazing, the company was very good and most importantly the settings were outstanding. Highly recommend a visit should you get the opportunity 🥰
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 20, 2024
  • 10dede
    Mauritius107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wine tasting
    We did a wine tasting and then the visit. You are gifted the glasses that were used to serve you wine. We liked the wine and chocolate pairing. The guided visit was interesting, however no clear signage on where it will start. This was the first winery that we visited while in SA, and it did not disappoint compared to the others.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written February 28, 2024
  • drew d
    Beacon, New York524 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views, wonderful wines, fantastic memories
    I went here as part of a group from our cruise ship. The place is situated in a beautiful landscape, the buildings and grounds are meticulously maintained. There were people dressed in period garb (1600's) as entertainment along with a 10 piece orchestra. We had a talk about the history of the place, plus wine tasting (the wine flowed freely) and canapes (could have brought out the canapes a little earlier and a few more - I was feeling no pain with all the tasting and no food). There is a museum and gift shop. We were a group of well over 500 people and they accommodated us with no problem. Also a restaurant on premises.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 27, 2024
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Maz597
Gloucester, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
As part of our hop on hop off bus ticket we got to experience a cellar tour and wine tasting. The tour was informative and wine tasting had two choices of venue. We opted for the quieter venue across the courtyard. What a treat! Five wines of choice with notes and no rush. Delightful and a must. The staff were fantastic and so friendly and informative. The food in Simon’s was delicious and helped by our newly found information on wine selection. It will take a few more visits for us to become experts - but we will definitely be back.
Written January 15, 2020
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Dewald R
Cape Town Central, South Africa3,078 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
One of the most iconic wine farms on the South African wine scene is the Groot Constantia Wine Estate. This farms' quality and legacy speaks for itself, and it's a definite must-visit. There are numerous things to do from wine tastings, cellar tours and relaxing at one of the restaurants, to visiting the museum and learning the history of the farm and the Cape. We started off with a cellar tour and wine tasting, and thereafter proceeded to grab a late lunch at the "Jonkerhuis" (reviewed separately). The wine tasting was very casual and included a range of different varietals so you are almost guaranteed of finding something you like. Their cellar tours are scheduled for certain time slots which I can highly recommend you do, as you gain more respect for the wines after you realize all the work that goes into it. The tastings were affordable, the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable, and we had an overall great experience.
Written September 8, 2022
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Haiko N
41 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
While the wine of Groot Constantia is excellent, the tasting room does not do it justice. It's small, dark, cramped, it echoes very loudly, and makes no use of the beautiful outside views. There's also almost no seating, and you need to fetch each wine yourself from the busy staff at the counter, who then proceed to simply pour in your wine without telling you anything about it.

For the oldest wine farm in South Africa, this tasting experience pales in comparison to many lesser wine farms we've visited over the years.
Written January 1, 2020
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AndyP1998
Wakefield, UK1,050 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
To be fair it was a Saturday and the tasting room became increasingly busy. However for us, tasting is all about the experience rather than quickly sipping some wine. 4 of the 5 wines we tasted were very good, and tasting portions were significantly greater than most tasting rooms we’ve visited over the years.
Written January 25, 2020
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Rob
Chengdu, China4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
I recently went on a wine tasting tour at this venue in South Africa. While the wine itself was good, I was disappointed by the lack of consistency in service. The group next to us was given much more wine, including seconds and thirds, while we were not given even though we asked and pointed out the other guide giving more. When we asked our wine taster about this, they explained that providing additional wine was at their own risk, and that workers had been fired for doing so. This explanation did not make us feel better about the situation.

To make matters worse, we ended up buying a lot of wine from the establishment while the other group bought none, yet we still did not receive the same level of service. It was frustrating to feel undervalued and dissatisfied with the experience.

Based on my experience, I would recommend that other travelers avoid this wine tasting venue. While the wine itself may be good, the inconsistency in service and the lack of a fair policy on providing additional wine make this an unsatisfactory experience overall. With so many other wine tasting options in South Africa, I believe that there are better venues to choose from.
Written July 19, 2023
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AL1963
Dorking, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We’ve visited the Constantia area 3 times and have eaten at this place on each trip. Food is always lovely. Everything we’ve eaten (from the curry to the fish of the day) has been exceptional. On our visit last week the service was great as usual - the young waiter was knowledgeable and attentive. We’ve only ever been in the evening but I would imagine the views in the daylight are amazing. Would highly recommend
Written March 6, 2020
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Rebecca G
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Solo
After having a BAD meal at Somon's, I was surprised to learn that they would not do wine tastings outside. They expect people to walk back and forth for each tasting if you are not comfortable in a small room tasting with 10 other people. Would not return or recommend to friends!
Written May 12, 2021
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Chloe C
Uckfield, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
We stumbled upon the vast vineyards of Groot Constantia on our Cape adventures and I can tell you that we certainly were stumbling on the way back. As someone who does not dabble in wine often, I was skeptical about my enjoyment levels throughout the experience, especially wen my family decided to chose the option without the chocolate!! Nevertheless, the more wines we tasted, the better they got and our lovely wine connoisseur Kyle was ready to give us our next snifter as soon as we took our last sip. GREAT value for money and came away without branded wine glasses that I will be drinking gin and tonic out of for the foreseeable future.
Written September 2, 2022
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jpcheshire1615
Wilmslow, UK514 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We visited Groot Constantia on the last day of our holiday in South Africa. We had not visited wine producing areas and so this visit opened our eyes to another facet of this fascinating country. The history of Constantia is almost as long as the history of Cape Town and it made us realise how important wine has been to South Africa. We had a look round the interesting museum with a useful printed guide, and the architecture and grounds were very pleasant. Views over the vineyards were delightful. Unfortunately we were driving and so did not taste any of the wine, and we did not have time to eat in the restaurant.

On our way we first stopped at the wrong place as we mistakenly thought we had already arrived at Groot Constantia. We were pleased to find that we were not the first to make this mistake: the museum included a eighteenth or nineteenth-century notice alerting potential visitors to the same problem.
Written March 15, 2020
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Sarah V
Johannesburg44 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
This was a disappointing visit. The historical building/museum is neatly laid out, but they discouraged us from using the audio tour - I wonder why? And the alternatives were poor. For the house, which is prettily laid out, there was only an itemized list but no story.

For the cellar tour - AVOID. it was crowded, over 100 people, it was difficult to hear the guide and you certainly could not see what she was pointing to. I think that the self audio tour would have been much better here.
I also wonder if most people were there more for the wine tasting afterwards. We only wanted the cellar tour not the tasting so it was a waste of time for us.
Written January 7, 2022
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