We encourage both wine connoisseur and novice alike, to have a good time and a well informative overview of the winemaking traditions that is uniquely South African. This is an ideal day trip for wine lovers as well as anyone who can appreciate the Constantia Valley’s history dating back to 1685. Our guest can expect to visit between, 3 to 4 wine estates (4th time permitting) and they will taste anything between 5-7 wines per estate. Lunch is included at the second estate which is always accompanied by breathtaking views.
Established in 1685, Constantia wine became world famous during the 18th and 19th centuries. Beloved by Frederick the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte, eulogised by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Sir Walter Scott and Baudelaire, Constantia set a unique milestone as the first wine from outside of Europe to enjoy world-class status. Sadly, phylloxera ended all this towards the end of the 19th century, when the disease destroyed the Cape’s vineyards as well as Europe’s.
Although Constantia recovered and re-established itself once again as a region producing premium quality wines, it was only in 1986 that the natural sweet wine that made Constantia famous in previous eras was re-introduced. Meticulously researched from old records and made from oaked Muscat de Frontignan, Klein Constantia released the 1986 vintage of Vin de Constance in 1990. Since then, Vin de Constance has gone on to re-establish the great glory of Constantia’s past and has achieved world renown once again, not only for itself but also for Constantia. Following the success of Vin de Constance, Groot Constantia and Buitenverwachting have introduced their own versions of oaked Muscat de Frontignan in wines named “Groot Constance” and “1769 Muscat” respectively.
Although Constantia offers a wide of range of over 58 premium quality wines, the region’s focus is primarily on Sauvignon Blanc and Bordeaux-style red wines. In volume terms, Sauvignon Blanc production exceeds all other. Nevertheless, over 20 Bordeaux-style red wines are also offered, either as blends or as single varietal wines. Add to these of course the iconic dessert wine offerings made from oaked Muscat de Frontignan, already mentioned. There is also some production of excellent Méthode Cap Classique (traditional Champagne method) made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
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