Groot Constantia

Founded in 1685 and South Africa’s first vineyard, Groot Constantia Estate was the grape-stomping ground of Simon van der Stel, first governor of the Cape, back in the day. Through the years, the estate’s wines have tickled the palates of kings and conquerors and had poets and authors waxing lyrical about their ambrosial eminence. The orientation centre, imposing old manor house and the Cloete Cellar wine museum cover the history of winemaking and the estate. Or head straight for the cellar for a guided tour and a chance to taste what all the fuss is about, before heading off to one of the two restaurants to enjoy the vista with a few glasses of vino.