Cape Town - You may know it as Cape Town's larney suburb with high-end houses and elite private schools, but Constantia hides a rich cultural and religious history beneath those old neighbourhood trees.
Home to South Africa’s first vineyards, Constantia is known for offering an exclusive lifestyle which melds relaxed luxury with a picturesque rural environment.
Did you know, for example, that the Groot Constantia vineyard is the producer of the best chardonnay in the world at the moment? Yup, in 2015, the winery won the prestigious Chardonnay du Monde prize. But the estate can be classified as "iconic" for more that its chardonnay.
The exiled Napoleon Bonaparte, for example, had one wish before the drew his last breath: to drink of Groot Constantia’s Grand Constance.
But visitors should not be fooled by the age of the vineyards in Constantia, and how far the wines date back. The Constantia valley boasts an array of young, competitive winemakers who are as eager about their individual wines than they are about the valley as a whole.
Another often unknown gems in this area are the Kramats, or holy burial sites of Sheikh Abdurahman Matebe and Sayed Mahmud - two religious leaders who were exiled to the Cape as prisoners of the Dutch settlers.Check out Cape Town Tourism's video of Constantia for more in-depth knowledge of the area: Inside Scope Into Cool Constantia
The new Love Cape Town neighbourhoods videos are a continuation of Cape Town Tourism’s holistic ‘travel like a local’ marketing approach which aims at addressing the need of travelers to discover unique and lesser-known experiences in a destination.
Enver Duminy for Cape Town Tourism says “These videos offer an intimate invitation to prospective and returning visitors to come and enjoy our locals’ favourite spots and personal hidden gems, first hand". You can view other in-depth explorations of Cape Town here:
- 12 Places locals love in the Cape Town CBD
- 12 Laid-back places locals love in Kalk Bay