Cape Town Wine Routes, Noordhoek & Constantia Valley Winelands
Established only in 1996 along with Noordhoek wine estates’ first vines, the Cape Point Vineyards are quite new to the tourist itinerary, with The Cape Point Wine District only being declared in 1998.
The Sauvignon Blanc vines were first planted in 1997 and the cool breezes from the Atlantic, coupled with the warm winds of False Bay, ensure grapes ripen slowly, thus producing supreme quality wines. These vines, though still young, have already been awarded for their supremacy both locally and internationally.
Currently there are thirty hectares of vineyard in Scarborough and Noordhoek, with Semillon & Sauvignon Blanc being the main focus. However, our first red-wine vineyards have recently been planted at Red Hill, on the border of Cape Point Nature Reserve. With some of these promising vineyards situated just 1 kilometre from sea, they are positioned on Cape Peninsula’s western edges.
The Constantia Valley is easily one of the Capes’ most beautiful valley’s, with its array of hills, forests, vineyards and historical buildings; creating the perfect blend of old & new, shadowed by the Constantiaberg Mountains.
Due to the splendour of this original Cape wine route, it’s known by many as “the valley of the vines”, which is one of the very few such areas under twenty minutes away from a city centre. The northern boundaries of this spectacular wine farm lie right up against the exquisite Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens & Wynberg Park; while even in the summer months, Tokai Forest (situated south of the valley) shrouds the area in its magnificent lushness.
Along the Constantia Wine Route – lined with enormous, old trees – you’ll find 5 world-class vineyards: Klein Constantia; Groot Constantia; Buitenverwachting; Constantia Uitsig; & Steenberg Wine Estate.
Riders on horseback are a common sight in the Constantia valley; which even now, despite its population growth over the years, boasts little farms & smallholdings set against the mountain. And even though the area is a peaceful haven for those who like to escape the intoxicating city, The Constantia Valley is bustling with activity with many dining establishments & shopping spots.
For a relaxing day trip, filled with wine tasting and beautiful scenery, the Cape Wine Route is a great place to visit.
The stylish, Greenhouse restaurant is positioned next to the historic cellar, & was carefully built to accommodate the 300-year-old, giant oak. Whether you choose to sit indoors or on the sun-drenched terrace, you will enjoy the exquisite garden views.
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