Cape Town - Groot Constantia has put together a new offering for visitors to South Africa's oldest wine-producing farm.
Following a bumper summer season of 400 000 visitors in 2015, Groot Constantia says its unique new Visitor’s Route experience will allow a more personalised look at the estate, which boasts a proud heritage of 331 years.
The original Manor House will become the “front door” to Groot Constantia, home to the Iziko Museum of South Africa that transports visitors back in time as they begin their Visitors Route.
After the Manor House, visitors can explore the original wine production cellar from 1791 -which now houses an interactive museum - detailing the history of the original sweet wines of Constantia.
The other half of the cellar will be the tasting room where visitors can taste and purchase Groot Constantia’s wines.
“This new tasting area situated in the historical Cloete Cellar is a significant experience enhancer as it ensures that all visitors to the estate see, taste and feel the history of Groot Constantia,” says Grant Newton, marketing manager for the Estate.
Groot Constantia says it wants visitors to make the most of the history and cultural legacy of the South African wine industry as preserved through this national monument and a living museum.
Other key attractions at Groot Constantia include its restaurants, Jonkershuis and Simon’s, where visitors can eat after they have finished exploring the rest of the estate.
“Wine Tourism started at Groot Constantia in the 1700’s, with the first wine route map drawn up for the benefit of visitors in that era. Over 300 years later and the estate continues to move from strength to strength and the new Visitors Route is a natural extension, and necessary step to hone our tourism offerings,” says Newton.
“We are all extremely excited about our growing visitor numbers and the creation of this new Visitors Route experience at Groot Constantia, and are looking forward to seeing further growth in our footfall.”
The new visitor route will be completed and ready for the new tourism season starting in the second half of 2016 - with tickets estimated to cost R95 - and will include admission to the museums, the famous Cloete Cellar and a self-guided cellar tour and tasting experience.
Current costs and operating times if you do go:
Open daily from 09:00 to 18:00
Daily tastings (5 wines) R45.00 per person.
Include a cellar tour with your wine tasting experience at only R60 per person (Tours depart every hour, on the hour from 10:00am - 16:00pm).
Chocolate and wine pairing (includes 4 delectable chocolates paired with 4 of our award winning wines) R80.00 per person.
For more information on Groot Constantia website.