The Constantia Wine Valley is the birthplace of the wine farming industry in South Africa. The first governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, chose this situation for his farm, Groot Constantia. Four of the only five bigger farms which remain in the Constantia Valley today, were part of that original portion of prime land which was granted to him.
World class wines are being produced along the Constantia Wine Route and accoladed for it's escalating quality. Visitors can taste the fine wines and experience a unique journey through each of the nine farms, which also hold top class South African Restaurants, namely; Uitsig Restaurant and La Colombe at Uitsig Wine Estate, Buitenverwachting Restaurant and Katharina’s at Steenberg Wine Estate.
The oldest and most famous of the wine farms, Groot Constantia, also has an interesting wine museum and boasts two fine restaurants, Jonkershuis and Simon’s.
Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia, Buitenverwachting, Constantia Uitsig and Steenberg farms are all within a few minutes drive of each other, and all offer wine tasting and purchasing, In Upper Constantia on the road to Hout Bay are the upcoming wine producers of the region located, the small but exclusive wine cellars of Beau Constance, High Constantia, Constantia Glen and Eagles Nest. Lovers of fine wine will enjoy spending a day on this wine route.