Oldest Wine-Making Region in the Southern Hemisphere
Constantia lies below Table Mountain National Park, in one of the greenest, leafiest parts of Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa. The suburb is home to award-winning wine farms, unrivalled natural beauty and some of the finest restaurants in the country!
Constantia is one of the oldest areas in the Cape and is the oldest wine-making region in the southern hemisphere and has an appeal that offers something of interest to everyone. Constantia’s wine farms are all close together, making them easy to visit one after the other however, it is highly recommended that you take a few days to explore them all as each one has its own unique charm.
This suburb of stately homesteads and oak-lined streets is filled with heritage and landscapes of unsurpassed beauty with views of the Constantiaberg and Table Mountain Ranges. It is home to a number of green belts for hiking, jogging, mountain biking and walking your fur friends.
The area is a perfect base for exploring Cape Town, it lies only 20 minutes from the city centre, the V&A Waterfront, beaches and many of the most popular attractions in the area.
Constantia offers some of the finest accommodation from luxury apartments, hotels and guest houses to B&B’s and self-catering apartments.
Things to do and see
- Harry Molteno Library
- Constantia Wine Route
- Groot Constantia Wine Estate & Museum
- Constantia Cheesery
- Alphen Antiques & Collectables
- Buitenverwachting Estate
- Constantia Nek Farm
- Eagle’s Nest Wine Estate
- Klein Constantia Estate
- Silvermist Vineyards
- Chris Nixon Bike Park
- Constantia Waldorf Market
- Constantia Village Shopping Centre
- Farriers Centre
- Cape Peninsula Loop
- Cecilia Forest
- The Alphen Trail
- Elephant’s Eye Cave Hike
- Orange Kloof Hike
- Spaanschemat River Trail
- Hole in the Wall & Caveman’s Overhang Trail
- Steenberg Golf Course
Constantia receives approximately 853 mm of rain annually with the majority of its’ rainfall occurring during the winter months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 28˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 8˚C and 18˚C.
Constantia is one of the oldest areas of Cape Town. The estate of Groot Constantia was established in 1685 when the land was granted to Simon van der Stel by Hendrik Adriaan van Reede tot Drakestein, Lord of Mijdrecht, visiting Commissioner of the Dutch East India Company.
The origin of the area’s name is a story of much speculation and has many versions. A favourite is that Simon van der Stel fell in love with the daughter of Pieter Sterthemius who commanded the fleet which Simon Van der Stel sailed in 1659 and her name was Constantia.
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