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Groot Constantia

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Situated on the picturesque Cape Peninsula overlooking False Bay, Groot Constantia’s vineyards lie tucked away in a steep, lush valley on the eastern part of Table Mountain. The estate is situated in a near-perfect setting for producing fine and complex wines due to its maritime climate with oceans on either side, an annual rainfall of approximately 1,100 mm per annum, deep mountain soils and cool southern slopes.

The Groot Constantia story began in 1685 when Simon van der Stel (who later became the Cape’s first governor), was granted land on Table Mountain’s eastern slope, which he named Constantia. After going through several owners, the Cloete family bought it in 1778 and kept it in the family for five generations until 1885. Forced to sell the wine estate due to the vine disease phylloxera causing devastation in the vineyards, Groot Constantia became the property of the Cape government.

Today the total estate comprises 165 hectares with 87 hectares currently planted with vines at 60 to 280 metres above sea level. Groot Constantia’s current winemaker, Boela Gerber, recently won the ‘Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year’ trophy.

Groot Constantia not only boasts exquisite wines but a wonderful heritage that can be seen in the beautifully restored Manor House and other buildings in the Cape Dutch style. Inside, the art pieces, furniture and the collection of artifacts reflect the rich history and cultural tradition of the Cape.

Today this wine estate (which is also one of the most visited tourist attractions in South Africa) belongs to the Groot Constantia Trust, which is dedicated to preserving South Africa’s best known and oldest wine estate.

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