Wine enthusiasts often speak of wine as having a personality. When we try the right one, “we just know”. Certain wines appeal to certain people more than others and finding one that interacts with your taste buds and emotions in all the right ways is an exciting feeling to say the least.
How does a fine wine come to communicate such emotions? The Constantia Wine Route is providing insight for tourists and locals on all the elements that contribute to an invigorating experience. History, aroma, aging, season, temperature – they are a few of the many factors that contribute to the differences in taste – subtle or major – of high-quality wines from Constantia in Cape Town, South Africa.
History of the Constantia Wine Route
There’s a reason Constantia is known for their wine. The vineyards have existed for several hundreds of years, with every new season aging the wine farms and changing the delicacy of flavors present in their wine. Back in 1685, Simon Van der Stel founded the first vineyard in Constantia. Since, the town’s wine community has flourished; introducing new vineyards, wine farms, and merchants as the years pass.
Since then, Constantia has become home to many wine farms that are all a part of the Constantia Wine Route. These popular vineyards are:
- Klein Constantia
- Steenberg Vineyards
- Constantia Uitsig
- Groot Constantia
- Eagles’ Nest
- Constantia Glen
- Beau Constantia
- Silvermist Vineyards
Wine Farms to Visit
You really can’t go wrong when visiting the wine farms in the Constantia Wine Route. However, if you are trying to make the most of your time in Cape Town, South Africa, it’s important to have a game-plan. Below are some of the vineyards we most highly recommend you pay a visit to. All you need to do is hire a car, and you're ready.
The Groot Constantia vineyard was the first one established in South Africa. As you can imagine, there is tons of history rooted in this wine farm.
The vineyard produces 68,000 cases (or 483 tonnes) on average, making it a rather large wine farm. There are plenty of great eateries around the area, which also make it a great place for a day trip. The wine farm offers tours every day of the week at the top of each hour between 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Make plans to go visit!
Constantia Uitsig has a unique goal to be a highly eco-friendly and “green” vineyard. They are working towards becoming a safe zone for indigenous birds and plants. As a result, the vineyard is beautiful with tons of floral diversity and amazing site-seeing opportunities.
The Constantia Uitsig wine farm is significantly smaller than the Groot Constantia, with production reaching about 20,000 cases (or 120 tonnes). The wine farm prides themselves greatly in their fine red wines (their production is 90% red wines, 10% white wines).
Constantia Uitsig is home to some of the most flavorful, unique, and delicate red wines in the country.
Klein Constantia is one of the more unique vineyards in the Constantia Wine Route. Their production, while smaller than most (15,000 cases) is focused primarily on white wines. Their website claims that the Klein Constantia vineyard is home to some of the greatest sweet wines and dessert wines in South Africa.
The vineyard’s slopes are cooled by the ocean breeze it sits adjacent to. It is thought that the wine of Klein Constantia wine farm most accurately represents the history, climate, and environment of Cape Town, South Africa.
There’s hardly a dull experience to be had in the Constantia Wine Route. Beautiful scenery, history, world-class red and white wines, and incredible eats are a few of the many elements that make the wine farms of Cape Town, South Africa so amazing.
Plan a trip to the Constantia Wine Route and have the experience of a lifetime. It’s well worth it.
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