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Constantia

A short 20 minute trip by car from the center of Cape Town is all it takes to reach the scenic Constantia Wine Route. Constantia is the Cape’s oldest wine producing region, dating back to 1684, and also the only wine district located within a city.

The smallest of the Cape’s wine routes, the Constantia winelands encompass 11 vineyards, 8 of which are open to the public. Heavyweights Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia, Buitenverwachting, Constantia Uitsig, and Steenberg are world renowned, and attract busloads of visitors to experience their award-winning wines, scenic settings and superb restaurants. Constantia Glen, Eagles Nest and High Constantia estates represent a new generation of winemakers turning out smaller quantities of high quality wines. 

Constantia’s vineyards span the south eastern slopes of the Table Mountain National park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. A coastal Wine of Origin region, heat sensitive white cultivars grow well here, cooled by summer sea breezes from False Bay, high annual rainfall, and mild winters with very little or no frost. Classic Constantia Sauvignon Blanc typically shows complex herbaceous notes mixed with tropical fruit flavors, and Chardonnay’s exhibit a flinty minerality. Red varieties, especially Cabernet Sauvignon, flourish in the foothills, where prolonged sunshine brings out herbaceous, flinty notes and soft tannins.

Constantia’s sweet wines, known to have soothed exiled emperors and comforted broken-hearted heroines, first gave the area its legendary appeal. Muscat Capp Constantia captured the golden era of Cape wine making in its infancy in a distinctive, curvaceous bottle. Sip this elixir, now called Vin de Constance, made at the Klein Constantia wine estate.

Tulbagh

To the north, bordering on the southern Cedarberg lies the pretty village of Tulbagh. An earthquake rocked Tulbagh in 1969 measuring 6.5 on the Richter’s Scale. However this gave Tulbagh the chance to restore their houses to their original appearance (which was not the rage in 1960’s town planning anywhere in the world). Now Church Street is one of the most complete Cape Dutch streets in South Africa with 32 houses given National Monument status. Visit the Oude Kerk Volks museum, sample the wines of Tulbagh’s wine estates and enjoy a delicious lunch at the Paddagang restaurant which serves delicious authentic Cape dishes under an enormous grapevine in its courtyard.

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