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The Big Daddy of wine estates, Groot Constantia in Cape Town is the oldest wine producing farm in South Africa and a popular stop on the hop-on hop-off tour bus route. The farm has been operating since 1685 when the Dutch East India Company Commander Simon van der Stel was granted farmland which he named Contantia. Van der Stel was a renowned vintner and he quickly established vines in this fertile valley. By 1709, there were 70000 vines producing over 5000 bottles of wine annually. The farm was later to be sub-divided and the largest section of land became known as Groot (great) Constantia.
Although Groot Constantia is a national heritage site, it’s a working farm and depending on the time of year, farm workers can be seen pruning the vines or harvesting the grapes. The farm is easily accessible off the M3 highway and a short distance from Cape Town city centre.
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