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Cape Town Wine Tours, Constantia

Cape Town wine tours include areas like Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek

Cape Town Wine Tours
-Explore the incredibly popular wine regions of Cape Town
-Historical wine regions Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch
-The Cheetah sanctuary can be requested
-Private or group tours available on request
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Cape Town Wine Tours, Constantia

Constantia is unfortunately not included in our standard Cape Town wine tours.

In 1685, the Constantia Wine Farms were established in a valley by the Governor of Cape Town, Simon van der Stel whose Vin de Constance Wine soon acquired a good reputation. But it was Hendrik Cloete, who bought the Farm in 1778, who really made the name of Constantia famous, with an unfortified Cape Town wine made from a blend of mostly Muscat de Frontignan (Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains), Pontac, red and white Muscadel (probably clones of Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains) and a little Chenin Blanc. It became a favourite of European kings and emperors, such as Frederick the Great and Napoleon who had it ordered from his exile on St Helena from the Cape Winelands, South Africa.

Wine Tours and tastings at Constantia can be requested during private Cape Town tours.

In 1861, however, the Gladstone government removed empire preferential tariffs, and as a result wine exports nearly dried up, and the golden era was brought to an end when the Cape Town winelands region were decimated by phylloxera and powdery mildew, The Cloete family were bankrupted, and in 1885 The Groot Constantia Wine Farms was sold to the government as an experimental Cape Town wine station.

In 1980 Duggie Jooste bought Klein Constantia wine farm, redeveloped it, and is now selling a new version of Vin de Constance wine made from Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains - a true Cape Town classic.


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