just outside Cape Town
A visit to the Klein Constantia estate to try their wines is a must for wine buffs visiting Cape Town, an iconic vineyard with one of the worlds most famous wines in its portfolio.
Klein Constantia is just a short taxi ride from the city.
It was in Constantia on the out skirts of modern day Cape Town that South Africa’s first vineyard was established around the end of the 17th century, part of this original area is still part of Klein Constantia’s present harvest areal.
Klein Constantia was established in 1685 of Simon Van Der Stel the first Dutch governor of Cape Town.
|The southern sloping higher ground offers a cooler microclimate well suited to green grape varieties, 70% of Klein Constantia’s harvest is of green grape varieties and 30% cabernet sauvignon & merlot|
|Klein Constantia’s picturesque vineyard is framed by lush gardens, a Cape Dutch style Manor House and surrounding views|
Before the phylloxera devastation throughout the cape towards the end of the 19th century Vin de Constance had become prized by leaders and aristocracy throughout Europe, Vin de Constance was revived by Klein Constantia in 1986, reaffirming this unique natural sweet wine’s place in history.
Today, Klein Constantia continues to make some of South Africa’s top wines and the world’s best dessert wines; wines that reflect the cool Constantia climate, as well as its historic tradition.
|Tasting area at Klein Constantia|