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A tour of South Africa’s oldest winery; Groot Constantia

This is the oldest wine producing farm in South Africa, established in 1685. Located at the picturesque foothill of Table Mountain( Cape Town-South Africa), it offers travellers an opportunity to connect with history in an old manor house that neighbours immaculate presented vineyards.

The tour is made complete with cellar tours and a museum that reminds one of a bygone era.

At the climax of your visit, you will be treated to a wine tasting experience in one of the two tasting rooms where you will explore the estates collection at no extra cost. The lady who serves them is very knowledgeable. She is very proud to share the history of the place and expertly tell you the characteristics of each of the different dry and red wines you are tasting.

Among the options you will be served, you are likely to fall in love with the flagship Gouverneur’s Reserve Red (2016). It has a beautiful balance, incredibly complex length and intense aromas that is coupled with a biting flavours. The other is Grand Constance which was

Napoleon’s drink of choice. If you wish to take any home, she will graciously assist you with solid advice on how to properly store your wines.

You are free to take the wine glass home as a souvenir once you are done tasting.

After you wine experience, you can have a relaxing stroll on site and among tall trees that line the walkway leading up to the old main house. It is a beautiful place to amble around, taking in the vistas, most of which contain lovely vineyards that exudes natural beauty.

Even on days when this beautiful historic winery is crowded, it doesn’t seem too busy because of the expansive size of the grounds. It is over 763 hectares. It is a massive complex with beautiful grounds and many well restored buildings.

There are also a couple of restaurants where you can sample traditional or exotic dishes of South Africans.

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