Constantia - The 17th century home of winemaking in South Africa
Updated: May 27, 2019
350 years after the Dutch settled in South Africa & began winemaking in Constantia, in the highlands of Cape Town; the Cape Winelands has steadily expanded to over 60 unique wine regions, spanning hundreds of kilometres.
South Africa now produce some of the worlds' finest wines & combines Dutch inspired architecture, spectacular scenery & outstanding dining experiences to create one of the world's top 10 wine & food capitals.
Luxury Wine Trails - the travel experience company, takes you there on your choice of a hand-crafted 3, 6, 10 day or a customised multi-day all-inclusive five star wine & food journey of life-time for small private groups from just 4+ with on-demand departures.
Read on to enjoy a brief history on the settlement of Cape Town & it's winemaking cradle - Constantia!
In 1497, Vasco da Gama, the famous Portuguese explorer set foot on South African soil, near Cape Town, marking the beginning of the country's history that would be forever influenced by the cultures of 3 nations - the Portuguese, Dutch & English.
By the 1590's, the English & Dutch were calling regularly into Table Bay on their travels to & from Asia, with the local indigenous people trading mainly iron, copper & marijuana with their European sea voyaging traders.
In 1652, the Dutch/East India Company established a refreshment station at the Cape to provide fresh water, fruit, vegetables and meat, for passing ships en-route to India; and to build a hospital for ill sailors - with Jan van Riebeeck appointed commander of the Cape in 1651.
In 1655, Van Riebeeck planted the first vines on South African soil & by 1685, Simon van der Stel, the Dutch Colonial Governor of Cape Town, founded the country's first wine farm at Groot Constantia - which literally means 'Great Constantia'.
350 years later, Constantia, which lies in the cool highlands just outside of Cape Town, is home to a wealth of outstanding vineyards, including Constantia Glen (pictured), Steenberg (mountain of stone), Buitenverwachting (beyond expectations), Constantia Uitsig (view of Constantia), Eagles Nest, Klein Constantia (small Constantia) & many more.
Together they produce an array of fine wines, including Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Cape & Bordeaux blend reds, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz, Merlot & South Africa's most famous dessert wine - Vin de Constance.
In addition, Constantia is home to some of the South Africa's finest restaurants - such as
La Colombe & Greenhouse, specialising in memorable degustation dining experiences with outstanding wine pairings from Constantia & across South Africa.
Luxury Wine Trails - the travel experience company has created the finest hand-crafted
3, 6 & 10 day five-star all-inclusive, small private group wine & food journeys with on-demand departures for 4+ to South Africa's spectacular Cape Wineland vineyards.
Depending on the journey you select, we cover the historic wine regions of Constantia, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Elgin, Bot River & Hemel en Aarde (Hermanus), as well as Cape Town & the Western Cape coast.
On tour, you'll experience spectacular scenery, flora & fauna, the finest vineyards, wines & restaurants, rare & vertical release tastings with winemakers/cellarmasters, exclusive invitation only winemaker dinners, five-star hotels, local arts & culture.
You'll also enjoy luxury transport, expert local guides, engaging masterclasses; & on our
10 day Quintessential journeys - your choice of golf or a luxury spa treatment - and so much more!
Michael Nash & the experienced team at Luxury Wine Trails, look forward to personally welcoming & hosting you on our 3, 6,10 day or customised multi-day bucket-list adventure.
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