Groot Constantia

Since its origin in 1685, Groot Constantia has always been a wine farm, as such is the oldest wine estate in South Africa.

The farm was granted to the first Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, in 1685 as an experimental farm for viticulture as well as agricultural produce, producing fruit and vegetables for supply to ships that called in at the Cape.

Four years after his death in 1712, the farm was divided into three portions - Bergvliet, Klein Constantia and the main portion on which the Van der Stel manor was built, which officially became known as Groot Constantia during the mid-19th century.

In 1778 the farm was bought by Hendrik Cloete, a winemaker from Stellenbosch, and remained in his family for over one hundred years. His wines became world famous.

In 1885 it was decided to sell Groot Constantia by auction. The Estate was bought by the Master of the Cape Supreme High Court for the Cape Government.

In 1925 the manor house was severely damaged in a fire. From 1927-1952 the house was restored and refurbished under the supervision of the architect F. K. Kendall.

Responsibility for the house, its collection and the viticulture functions of the farm was redistributed, until in 1993 the Groot Constantia Trust was established. Today the Estate is owned by the Trust, whose main objective is to preserve this beautiful and historic estate and to honour the name of South African wine.

Groot Constantia produces a range of excellent wines, and has over the years won numerous awards for both reds and whites. The wines may be tasted and bought at the tasting cellar, locally known as Bertram's Cellar, at the entrance of the Estate. 

More information please feel free to contact us at we can facilitate your arrangements, and take you on Guided Tour of Cape Town and Groot Constantia.   

Transfers to and from your B & B, Guesthouse, Lodge or Hotel, should you not be staying with us at "Ebubeleni", can be arranged.

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