The beautifully verdant area of the Constantia Valley lies approximately 15 minutes from the city of Cape Town.
Way back in 1652 when Jan Van Riebeeck settled the cape (“the fairest cape in all the World”) as a trading post for the Dutch East India Company he called the area Wijnberg (wine mountain). The area was set up to grow all kinds of fruits and vegetable to sustain his troops and the traders enroute to the East.
One of the first plants to be set in the rich soil were vines from France.
When in 1659 Simon Van der Stel arrived in the Cape he was given ‘the garden’ to manage and develop.
He had, on his journey here (so the legend goes), met and fallen in love with a beautiful young lady by the name of Constantia and decided to name the area after his first love.
Today the Constantia Valley produces some of the most palatable wines in the Western Cape, including Sauvignon Blanc, Semillion as well as the most divine Bordeaux blend, primarily Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
There are many wonderful wine estates to visit upon your stay here in Cape Town, especially Eagles Nest, Constantia Glen, Groot Constantia and Constantia Uitsig. The choices are many and varied but above all they have the most superb wines for you to sample, enjoy and take (or send) home with you.
Cheers, salute, prost, enjoy your stay
*images from Constantia Uitsig and Eagles Nest websites.