Groot Constantia

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Groot Constantia
Historic Sites • Wineries & Vineyards
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9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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.
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Very good

David R
London, UK807 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed this wine tasting and Vineyard. Groot Constantia is the oldest wine producing farm in South Africa and only 25 mins outside Capetown. The area is vast and views spectacular. They even have a sign “Loo with a view”. Walk in and the clear glass window looks straight out to the valley beyond full of colours and seems to last forever. Best view from any loo I’ve been in.
There are 3 separate self guided audio tours, entry to the cellars and museum, and a souvenir crystal wine glass.
The tastings are great value and we found a table outside and had a couple of wine pairings, one with chocolate. The chocolates were very special. Staff were brilliant and the export of any wines purchased was fully explained.
We then went to the main bar/ restaurant area where we found a large lounge sofa and we bought a bottle of our fav wine and had a selection of charcuterie and cheeses. A great visit and then back to the bus stop and only 5 mins wait and the bus then took us back to the switch over spot where the Blue Route bus picked us up and took us back towards Capetown. A great trip and we would definitely recommend to anyone who loves to do wine tastings and visit historical vineyards.
Written January 9, 2020
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Laura's World
Johannesburg, South Africa933 contributions
Mar 2020
We arrived at GC recently to enjoy all that South Africa's oldest and best known wine estate has to offer and were not disappointed.
Groot Constantia, owned by a non profit company, and blessed with a maritime climate offers the best of both worlds in terms of both South African culture and heritage making it easy to see why this is one of South Africa's most visited tourist attractions!

On our line-up of extensive wines to taste (to mention just a few) with the quirky company of some inquisitive ducks..
Sauvignon Blanc 2019:
Ripe tropical fruit on the nose, with a distinct herbal and white asparagus undertone. This wine has a lively acidity and beautiful intensity.
Chardonnay 2018:
Lemon and toasted almonds on the nose, with hints of vanilla and orange blossom. This exceptional wine's awards speak for itself making it a top pick again this year!

Lady of Abundance 2017:
A new blend showing beautiful complexity, ripe plum and red cherry flavours with a fine tannin structure.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2017:
Classic black currant and graphite flavours on the nose. This is a wine for the wine rack with great ageing potential.

And last but certainly not least, our favourite pick of the day..
Gouverneurs Reserve 2017:
This Cabernet Sauvignon-driven blend show black currant, dark chocolate with a hint of vanilla on the palate.

From there it was onto Jonkershuis for a quick lunch sampling proudly South African Cape Malay food.. I chose the recommended Estate Tasting Plate showcasing bobotie, chicken & lamb curry, samosas, savoury rice, poppadums, and squash.
This dish really is all about local spices and flavours, and is served with traditional sambals. Delicious!

In summary, GC is all about the food, history and wine, making it a must-visit for foodies and tourists alike because it provides everything in one beautiful space!
Written June 30, 2020
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Worksop, UK654 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We travelled to Groot Constantia Winery on the Red Bus, although we had to change buses there was little delay. We paid for the cellar tour etc which was extremely interesting, this was followed by wine tasting, where you could choose from a selection of wines to suit your palette. Our visit was spoilt by rain but you can normally just sit and relax in the gardens while enjoying some excellent wines. What more could you wish for.
Written March 19, 2020
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Sarah V
Johannesburg33 contributions
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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Rebecca G
6 contributions
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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Camperdown, South Africa1,372 contributions
Aug 2021
Very large estate geared up for mega tourist visits but in a good way. Part working farm, part museum and tasting opportunities mixed with one of the oldest and most established wine estates in South Africa. There are a couple of restaurants to choose from and plenty of tasting options including a chocolate pairing tasting which although is at a premium is worth it. A truly great visit.
Written January 9, 2022
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Gloucester, UK18 contributions
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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Haiko N
43 contributions
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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34 contributions
Apr 2021 • Friends
This place is beautiful. I particularly enjoyed the wine tour, they take you through the history of the winery & essentially show you how wine is made - that was very enlightening for me. After the tour, you then have a wine tasting & the portions are very friendly (if you're not careful you will walk out crawling 🤣). I would advice you to take the wine & chocolate pairing tasting, it's that more interesting & the chocolate bring out the wine flavours. We also visited the house museum on site, it had some interesting antiques of the past, however, it's not as much a highlight as the winery. The area is stunning, open & the views are endless. There's also a restaurant on site if you'd like to grab lunch. We weren't really feeling comfortable to sit that day.
Written November 5, 2021
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Dorking, UK42 contributions
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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