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Constantia Wine Region

  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

  • Bucket List Experience

Last updated: 30 March, 2024

The picturesque Constantia Valley is a compact wine route; home to some of the oldest wine farms in the Cape. Ten wineries are open for tastings, ranging from boutique cellars to grand estates.

Situated just 20 minutes’ drive from the city, it’s a convenient option for those lacking the time to visit Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. The valley’s ocean-facing location, cooled in the summer by steady sea breezes, results in vibrant white wines reminiscent of Bordeaux, alongside structured and elegant red wines. The valley is also increasingly becoming a culinary hotpot in the city.

Who to go with: tour operators

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Buitenverwachting

  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

  • Bucket List Experience

A view of a recently planted vineyard during the daytime

Experience

Meaning ‘beyond expectation’, with its gracious Cape Dutch architecture, there’s a real sense of history here – part of Simon van der Stel’s original Constantia Estate. Known for its white wines, including good Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurtztraminer. Yet its flagship is the Christine, a red blend described as a ‘cool-climate benchmark’.

Good for age: 18+

Eagle’s Nest

  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

  • Bucket List Experience

Outdoor wine bar with a beautiful view of the surrounding nature

Experience

Focused on producing shiraz and other terroir-driven wines including a delightful viognier, this family-owned boutique winery just below Constantia Nek has picked up significant ‘best red wine’ awards for its shiraz despite being a relative newcomer in the Constantia region.

Good for age: 18+

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Groot Constantia

  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

  • Bucket List Experience

Close up of barrel with the companies credentials

Experience

The estate’s beautifully restored homestead is one of the finest examples of Cape Dutch architecture in the region. Good for a family outing, this historic icon has views to False Bay, vast lawns where kids can romp, a choice of dining venues and fine red wines for tasting.

Good for age: 18+

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Klein Constantia Estate

  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

  • Bucket List Experience

Distant view of the wine estate during the daytime

Experience

Famous for its iconic muscat-based Vin de Constance – a dessert wine favoured by the likes of Napoleon – the cellar is also highly-regarded for its fresh cool-climate sauvignon blanc. The on-site bistro offers wonderful light meals a few steps from the recently revamped tasting room.

Good for age: 18+

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Steenberg Vineyards

  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

  • Bucket List Experience

Children playing on the wine estate

Experience

A knock-out designer winery that’s known for its Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and white blends. There are twice-daily cellar tours, a wine tasting bar and lounge. Book lunch or early supper at strikingly beautiful Bistro Sixteen82. This one is a treat to visit.

Good for age: 18+

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Chef’s Warehouse at Beau Constantia

  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Chef’s Warehouse at Beau Constantia

Experience

Constantia’s growing culinary clout is on full display here, with chef Ivor Jones’ small-plate menu offering some of the city’s most inspired, and affordable, fine dining.

Adult price 50

Good for age: 18+

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Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Constantia is a 20-minute drive from the city centre along the M3 motorway. Self-drive is easy and you can take your time and stop for a gourmet lunch en route or head to the beach afterwards. Plan and book where to stop for lunch, then aim to visit two wineries in the morning, and one after lunch. You don’t have to book to visit the wineries, but check ahead for opening times, cellar tours and wine sales. Guided tours have the big advantage of avoiding the need to (drink) drive.

The Constantia Wine Tour are the experts and offer several different itineraries. Alternatively, for those on a budget, the City Sightseeing hop-on, hop-off bus (Blue route) stops at both Eagle’s Nest and Groot Constantia. Alight for a quick wine tasting at either, before continuing on. See more tour recommendations below.

When to do it

Winter is a cosy and charming time to visit, with fireside tastings and dramatic scenery, while summer is all about al fresco sipping and picnic fare. Spring (Oct-Nov) is the most photogenic, with the vineyards in new leaf. The wine is superb all year round!

Who to go with: organised tours

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Our selection of the best Viator tours of this attraction or activity

Premium Half-Day Constantia Wine Tour from Cape Town

  • Cape Town

Premium Half-Day Constantia Wine Tour from Cape Town

Viator

This tour is best for those who are pushed for time and need a half day to do the tour. The tour will take 5 hours and you will be treated to 2 wine estates for tastings as well as a lunch off an a la carte menu.

Price ZAR 3,380

Min age 18

Rating 4.85 / 5 [14 ratings]

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1 day Cape Point and Constantia Wine Tour with Private Transfers

  • Cape Town

1 day Cape Point and Constantia Wine Tour with Private Transfers

Viator

See the best of the Cape Peninsula on a private day trip from Cape Town! Sit back and relax as your attentive guide drives you along Chapman’s Peak Drive, a spectacular marine road, to Cape Point. After walking around these stunning sites, head to Boulders Beach to penguin spot at leisure, and then finish with a wine-tasting session and tour at the Groot Constantia wine estate in Constantia Valley.

Price ZAR 3,800

Min age 0

Rating 4.83 / 5 [12 ratings]

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Destination guides

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Cape Town

  • Western Cape, South Africa

Aerial view of the whole city at dusk

Destination guide

A vibrant, multicultural city with dramatic scenery, adrenaline adventure galore, Africa’s best art scene, golden beaches world-class wine regions and outstanding gastronomy. All in the shadows of the mighty Table Mountain.