Celebrate Family History month with a tour of SA's oldest wine estate

2019-10-19 15:45 - Thutolore Tsatsane
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Heritage Month might be over and done with but there is still reason to celebrate.

October is Family History Month-the time to learn more about your family and lineage apart from the relatives you know. Those that came before us have left a mark on earth and the strides they took continue to influence our lives today. 

How to celebrate Family History Day

Cape Town has a lot of variety when it comes to fun for the whole family but one way you can celebrate Family History day is by spending it at the iconic Groot Constantia Wine Estate. The farm offers a unique experience on their Visitor's Route tour. The tour was created to highlight the key attractions of the estate for visitors.

The oldest wine-producing farm has a long and colourful family history that has influenced their success, which other estates can boast about 334 years of wine production?

Cost: R15 - R165, pre-booking is not necessary, you can simply buy your tickets when you arrive at the venue. Alternatively tickets are available online, purchase them here

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The Visitor's Route

Upon arrival, guests are given a free easy to use map that they can follow throughout the tour. The tour begins at the original Manor House which is also an Iziko Museum. From there, the next stop is the Cloete Cellar-the original wine production cellar from 1791 and the only place where the Grand Constance wine was ever produced. Now the cellar is made up of a museum and a unique tasting room. You won't leave the tour empty-handed, part of the experience includes a souvenir Spiegelau crystal wine glass.

READ: 18 Family-fun things to do on a budget in Cape Town

Free self-guided audio tours

The audio-guided Museum Tour, Cellar Tour and Vineyard Tour are three exciting activities offered as part of the Visitor's Route Experience. This initiative allows for visitors to experience the beauty of the farm at their own leisure and the best part is that it is free of charge!

Anyone with a smartphone can download the app and go on a sensory adventure. It uses your location to play audio automatically and includes offline maps and GPS autoplay.

Groot Constantia is for the whole family

When you think of a wine farm children rarely come to mind but the estate caters for them too! With wide-open spaces, beautiful rolling green lawns to run, roll and play on, walkways to explore, and even resident ducks to feed it is no wonder the farm was nominated as one of the best child-friendly wine estates in the Cape. It is a treat for mommy and her troops.

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Family, fun and good food

There is so much to do on the farm and museum you are bound to work up an appetite. Marvel at the beauty of the winelands over a good meal at the restaurants available on the estate- Jonkershuis and Simon’s. Both restaurants have children’s menus and are considered to be two of the most Muslim friendly restaurants in Cape Town, booking before-hand is recommended.

Each restaurant has its own atmosphere- Jonkershuis is surrounded by ancient oak trees and has a relaxed child-friendly atmosphere, even if your child is a furry one. Dogs on leashes are welcome and bowls of water are provided.

Simon’s offers al fresco dining on the terrace or you can also order a delicious goodie-filled picnic basket to enjoy on the lawns - and there is a kids picnic option that includes yoghurt, sandwiches, fruit, Jelly Tots and Flings.

READ: 21+ Family-fun things to do on a budget in the Garden Route

Looking to have more fun with the family in Cape Town? Try one of these on for size?

Spending quality time with the family is always a good idea. There are fun activities all around the city that cater to you, whatever your family setting is.

  • Galileo Open Air Cinema

Watch your favourite movie under the starlight at the open air cinema.

Cost: Tickets start R109 per person, kids under three enter for free. Bring a blanket and be comfortable with the whole family

  • Braai at Oudekraal

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a braai at this secluded beach.

Cost: R31 per person, R16 per child under 12 and free entrance for WILD Card and TMNP My Green Card holders.

  • Cycle on the Sea Point promenade

Cycling in your yard might be fun but riding through the promenade with the view of the mountains and beautiful beaches is an extraordinary experience.

Cost: You pay R75 to hire the bike for one hour, there are also birthday specials so you might even get a free ride. Helmets and locks are available free of charge, enjoy

READ: What to do in your city for R100 or less

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