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  Groot Constantia
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Groot Constantia is the oldest wine estate in SA.
The history of the farm dates back to 1685 when it was granted to the first Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, as an experimental farm for agricultural produce. Van der Stel named the farm "Constantia" and the produce of vegetables and fruit was supplied to ships that called in at the Cape. Van der Stel mainly developed the practice of viticulture on his estate, and thus laid the groundwork for one of the major export industries of South Africa today.

The main house is an excellent example of Cape Dutch architecture.Today it houses a cultural history museum, portraying the early years of Groot Constantia.

You can taste and buy the award winning red and white wines at the cellars. It is at the entrance to the estate. In the production and maturation Cellar, tours and tastings take place daily

The Jonkershuis restaurant is a great place to taste the Cape Malay cuisine. You can also order a picnic basket to enjoy anywhere on the beautiful estate.

Address: Constantia road , Constantia Cape town
Website: http://www.southafrica-travel.net/westcape

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  • Written Jul 1, 2005
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