Wine Tours in Cape Town: Exploring The Constantia Wine Route

The beautiful Constantia Wine Route may not be as well-known as the famous Cape Winelands, but for those seeking more intimate wine tours in Cape Town, this route offers a conveniently located exploration into the world of wine. 

wine tours in cape townThe fertile Constantia Valley began to function as a wine-growing region in 1685, making it the oldest wine route in the Southern peninsula. Today, the route comprises just nine estates that are set against a scenic background of mountains and woodlands.

As Constantia is situated less than half an hour from the City Centre, its location in the southern suburbs make it ideal for visitors who want to enjoy wine tours in Cape Town without having to venture too far. Location aside, this wine route offers plenty of other highlights, from fine dining to historic landmarks, picnics and intimate cellar tours. 

Keen to find out what the Constantia Wine Valley has to offer? Keep reading to get the full low-down on wine tasting in this part of the peninsula… 

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As we mentioned earlier, this wine route is made up of nine wine farms. It is quite possible to see all of them in a single day, but to truly enjoy what each has to offer, it’s often best to try a tour that focuses on just a few estates. That way, you will be able to take cellar tours, explore the vineyards, meet the wine makers, taste some wine and still enjoy lunch, without a mad rush. Our pick of the best estates to visit on wine tours in Cape Town, Constantia include the following: 

1. Buitenverwachting

Meaning ‘beyond expectations’ in Dutch, this is one of the route’s best-known estates. It forms part of the original farm discovered by early governor Simon van der Stel, and today is a thriving estate spanning across 150 hectare. Wines produced: 

  • Buiten Blanc  
  • Sauvignon blanc  
  • Sauvignon blanc Hussyes Vlei  
  • Chardonnay  
  • Blanc de Noir  
  • Meifort 
  • Merlot  
  • Cabernet Sauv. 
  • Cabernet Franc 
  • Christine 
  • 1769 Dessert wine  
  • Grappa

2. Constantia Uitsig

Known until 1940 as Constantia View, Constantia Uitsig today encompasses an award-winning winery, boutique hotel, luxurious, a private cricket oval and three restaurants (including the famous dining establishment of La Colombe). Wines produced: 

  • Constantia Uitsig MCC  
  • Constantia Uitsig Sauvignon Blanc 
  • Constantia Uitsig Chardonnay  
  • Constantia Uitsig Semillon  
  • Constantia Uitsig Constantia White 
  • Constantia Uitsig Constantia Red  
  • Constantia Uitsig Muscat d’Alexandrie 

3. Groot Constantia

Groot Constantia has a history dating back well over 300 years. The grounds of the estate are truly exceptional, with a large lawn that is ideal for picnics and a hidden historical bath pool set above the lawn’s gentle rolling hills. Wines produced: 

  • Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc  
  • Sauvignon Blanc  
  • Gouverneurs Reserve (White)  
  • Chardonnay 
  • Cap Classique  
  • Blanc de Noir  
  • Constantia Rood  
  • Merlot 
  • Shiraz 
  • Shiraz (No sulphur)  
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 
  • Gouverneurs Shiraz 
  • Gouverneurs Reserve 
  • Cape Ruby Port  
  • Grand Constance 

4. Klein Constantia 

Often labeled the most scenic place to enjoy wine tasting tours in Cape Town, Klein Constantia is set on a 146 hectare estate that formed part of the original farm. One of its specialties is Vin de Constance – a re-creation of a legendary Constantia wine enjoyed in its early days. Wines produced: 

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Vin de Constance
  • Chardonnay
  • Methode Cap Classique
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Riesling
  • Semillon
  • Pinot Noir
  • Shiraz

5. Steenberg Vineyards

The oldest farm on the route, Steenberg lies on the foothills of the Steenberg Mountains. The estate was established in 1682, and today includes a golf course, restaurant and beautiful surrounds. Wines produced: 

  • Klein Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc 
  • Klein Steenberg Rosé 
  • Klein Steenberg Cabernet Sauvignon 
  • Steenberg 1682 Chardonnay Mèthode Cap Classique
  • Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc 
  • Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc 
  • Steenberg HMS Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc 
  • Steenberg HMS Sphynx Chardonnay
  • Steenberg HMS Echo Red Blend
  • Steenberg Merlot 
  • Steenberg Shiraz  
  • Steenberg 1682 Pinot Noir Mèthode Cap Classique 
  • Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc Reserve  
  • Steenberg Semillon 
  • Steenberg Nebbiolo 
  • Catharina 
  • Magna Carta 
  • Steenberg 1682 Pinot Noir Mèthode Cap Classique  
  • Steenberg Magna Carta 

6. Beau Constantia

Beau Constantia is a small boutique wine farm that lies on Constantia Nek. The farm is situated at a high elevation, providing visitors with a panoramic view that stretches all the way across the peninsula. There is also a small hotel and excellent spa within its grounds. Wines produced: 

  • Pas De Nom Red
  • Beau Constantia Cecily – Viognier  
  • Beau Constantia Cecily 
  • Pas de Nom White 
  • Beau Constantia Lucca
  • Beau Constantia Aiden 

Where Else to Enjoy Wine Tasting Tours in Cape Town? 

Done the Constantia Wine Route and keen to see the rest of the peninsula’s vineyards? The Cape Winelands is another place that offers excellent tours. Here, you can choose between half day wine tours and full day wine tours in Cape Town depending on your time and preferences. 

Have you recently been wine tasting? Share your experience below and let us know which Cape wines you enjoyed the most! To get you started, my favourite wine is the Methode Cap Classique – Cape Town’s very own champagne. Aaaand… go! 

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