About Constantia and it's history

Beautiful Constantia Valley, also known as „Jewel of the Cape“ is not only famous for it’s history, but also for it’s breathtaking landscape. Take a deep breath and see what Constantia has to offer for a coming owner of a LIONS HEAD property.

In 1683 Gouvernor Simon van der Stel was honoured with some land of the Dutsch-Eastindinan Trading Company. He called it Constantia. Until 1695 they grew 8,400 trees, various fruit and banana, olive trees and grapes.

Later these 800 ha were not sufficient any more, so he bought some neighbour farms to expand. With the years Constantia became world famous for it’s wine, and even noble european houses liked his wine. By the way, one of the biggest fans was Otto von Bismarck. Four years after his death, his farm was split in Groot Constantia, Small Constantia and Buitenverwachting.

Constantia with it’s history, it’s wine farms, famous old Cape farms, excellent restaurants, dutch architecture, Craftman’s Market and oak alleys is a charming experience you should not miss.

Wine Alley Constantia

Wine lovers will enjoy and appreciate that the Wine Alley is only five minutes away from their new holiday home in Constantia.

Wine Alley Constantia consists of:

Groot Constantia, Buitenverwachting,

Constantia Uitsig and Klein Constantia.

Constantia was one of the first wine producing areas in Western Cape, and Groot Constantia is one of the first and finest examples of the Cape Dutch architecture.

Groot Constantia

The property is equipped with exquisite antique furniture. Visit the museum or the historic manor-house. Once per hour they offer wine cellar tours.

On top of the wine farm they recently opened a restaurant: „Simon’s“. Be surprises, what they did with the old tavern. We enjoy it very much!

Buitenverwachting

Beyond all imagination – so tells us the Afrikaas name – is the quality of these wines.

The majestic oak alley, the delicious restaurant (one of the Top 10 in South Africa) and the old manor-house might impress. If you come here for lunch, you should try the legendary „Picknick-Lunch“ below the shady oaks. Phone 021-794519

Klein Constantia

After separating Constantia in 1716, this part has established for it’s white wines, especially the sweet ones, which South Africans prefer as desert wines.

Groot Constantia, Buitenverwachting, Constantia Uitsig and Steenberg are only a few minutes away from each other.

Everywhere around you have the chance to try and buy wines or to enjoy yourself in excellent restaurants. For those who don’t find the time to visit all of the wine farms, there is a wine shop in Constantia Uitsig with a wide range of local wines.

Uitsig

Wonderful wine farm between Constantia & Tokai. We love it, because of it’s fantastic restaurant. Close to the entrance there is the „River Cafe“. A perfect place for having breakfast or lunch (closed at night). Nearby you’ll find a big wine store. Further on, in the estate there ist two more top-restaurants. The „Uitsig Mediterran“ and the „La Colombe“. Please make a reservation in advance.

Restaurants

Many famous restaurants, known for their outrageous quality and perfect service can be found on the wine estates. Everything you like, find it in Constantia!

  

Kirstenbosch botanical gardens

If your choice is a property in Constantia, you are only 5 car minutes away from the world famous botanical gardens of Kirstenbosch. Because of it’s different levels, these gardens combine numerous specific habitats of local plants.

We recommend a visit in the Protea fields, Mathew’s Garden and Comton Harbarium, where 200.000 different sub-tropical plants are collected.
 

Visiting

The KNB-Botanical Gardens are huge, you can spend there at least 3-4 hours. Even a whole day would not be boring. Don’t forget to bring your picknick basket. Below the big trees is a good place for a rest. Of course you will find a restaurant, a café and a souvenir shop.

 

Concerts

In summer, always Sunday, around 5 pm, in the gardens.

 

Park Wynberg

Another popular parc in Constantia. Walk, relax or picknick with the whole family or just enjoy the landscape. The parc is close to the Chart’s Farm, where visitors can pick fresh apples, grapes and nectarines. Walk through the rose garden to look for a rose of your choice.

World of Birds

From Constantia heading to Hout Bay, after 15 minutes you reach the biggest bird parc of South Africa: The „World of Birds“.

4 hectares on the back side of the Table Mountain are reserved for about 3,000 birds and smaller animals (300 specs.) and can be visited on a walking trail.

Open daily fom 9 am – 5 pm.

Golf

The Cape is famous for many excellent golf courses. Visit our Links to find out more.

 

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