Southern Cape Town & Constantia Wine Farms

South Africa's Oldest Wine Region, dating from 1685
20-30 mins from Cape Town & with Stunning Architecture
Fantastic Dining Options & Premium Sauvignon Blanc

Constantia Wine Farm Of The Month

Cape Point Vineyards

Cape Point Vineyards is a family owned, female-driven vineyard in the southern Cape Town suburb of Noordhoek.

Here our vines nestle rather majestically against the slopes of the famous Chapman’s Peak mountain range, overlooking the nearby Atlantic Ocean just a mere 1.2 kilometres away.

Getting to know Southern Cape Town & Constantia Wine Route

Nestled in a valley at the foothills of Table Mountain National Park in Southern Cape Town, Constantia is renowned as being both the birthplace of the South African winemaking industry and a hub of modern gastronomy.

Location & History

One of the earliest Western settlements in the Cape, Constantia boasts some of the oldest vineyards and heritage buildings in the country, dating from the late 1600’s. Visitors to Constantia and neighbouring Noordhoek, Tokai and Hout Bay are spoiled for choice with an impressive collection of diverse wine farms, less than a 30 minute drive from the city centre.

Constantia’s incredible winemaking history began in 1685 when the first Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, was granted land here which he used to establish a cattle, fruit and winemaking farm: Groot Constantia. Following his death, the estate was broken up, eventually leading to the establishment of Klein Constantia and Buitenverwachting wine estates.

Now with over 10 wine farms located in the wider Constantia and Southern Cape Town region, visitors from around the world flock to this scenic area to experience its wine and gastronomic heritage. Come and sip a glass of local Sauvignon Blanc while enjoying stunning mountain, vineyard and ocean views on wine farms in Constantia and the surrounding areas. South African wine and cuisine at its best!

Wines & Wine Farm Experiences

Hundreds of years ago, the region was originally known for its exquisite sweet wine, then aptly named ‘Constantia’. This was famously enjoyed by nobility and royalty from across the world, including Napoleon, Jane Austin and George Washington. ‘Constantia’ wine continues to be one of the jewels in the crown of the region, albeit its variations are now called ‘Vin de Constance’ and ‘Grand Constance’.

Constantia’s cool microclimate close to the Atlantic Ocean and mountains, combined with ancient soils, makes for the perfect terroir to produce a range of wines, most notably elegant and complex Sauvignon Blanc. The Constantia Wine Route now also has a dedicated ‘Sauvignon Blanc Route’ visitors can follow which affords the opportunity to taste an array of ‘expressions’ of this noble grape.

In addition to Sauvignon Blanc, the Constantia Wine Valley and Southern Cape Town wine farms produce a range of other award-winning wine varietals, plus they feature wonderful restaurants, breathtaking scenery and beautiful architecture. Expect farms with both older Cape Dutch and Baroque styles but also striking modern glass masterpieces: excellent photo opportunities abound.

The Southern Cape Town and Constantia region has also garnered international fanfare with its range of premium and elegant dining experiences, many of which are located within wine farms. From low key bistros to fine dining, many of these restaurants have been designed to showcase the surrounding natural landscape whilst utilising local produce to complement the range of superlative local wines.

Activities & Accommodation

Most of the wine farms listed here form part of the official Constantia Wine Route – and offer tours and experiences for visitors to immerse themselves in the history, culture and beauty of this unique winemaking corner of South Africa.

From cellar tours, 4WD wine tasting and self-guided audio tours amongst the vines, to entry into some of the country’s oldest heritage buildings, picnics, festivals and live music – it’s easy to see why visiting South Africa’s oldest wine making area should be high on your list.

Please note due to its suburban nature and proximity to Cape Town, a small number of accommodation options are available in Constantia. Several are however situated in nearby Steenberg, Alphen, Newlands and Hout Bay, with our top pick being the 5* Steenberg Hotel & Spa.

Please refer to more information on the official Constantia Wine Route.