When heading to Cape Town, visiting a winery is an absolute must. With hundreds to choose from, you’re bound to have a good time no matter what you choose, but we had the Constantia region recommended to us the most, so we went with that. Sadly, we only had enough time to visit one winery, so we went with the oldest wine-producing farm in South Africa, Groot Constantia (which actually means great Constantia, hence the title!).
Founded in 1685, Groot Constantia has plenty claims to fame, but the one I found most interesting was the fact that Napoleon (yes, that Napoleon) was a huge fan of the wine. So much so that he ordered 30 bottles a month. And drank it on his deathbed. Pretty crazy, right?! We tried the Napoleon wine and although it is a dessert wine which I’m typically not a fan of, it was actually pretty good.
The experience of being at the winery was incredible. In fact, it was probably my favorite thing we did in Cape Town. It’s a close call with the penguins, but our day was so slow and relaxed, it really couldn’t be beat. Though I usually skip it and go straight for the tasting, we did do the winery tour. It was actually Ryan’s first time at a winery! Crazy, right?! We got to see how the wine is made and how far they’ve come since 1685. Not only are the grounds absolutely beautiful, but they also have a restaurant on-site, so spending a day there is totally doable. You’re free to wander around the vineyard on your own as you sip on some delicious wine (just watch out for the baboons! Ha!). We even saw people getting picked up on a helicopter as well as an outdoor salsa class. This place has it all!
As far as the wine, I have to say, I was very pleased with the tasting. For under $10 each, Ryan and I both got to try 5 different types of wines each. I actually skipped out on my last tasting because I was getting a little too buzzed. This place is not stingy with their pours at all! We tried sauvignon blanc, rosé, pinotage, merlot, and their award-winning red blend. After all the wine, we stopped at the restaurant for a late lunch al fresco. It was absolutely delicious and not too overpriced, especially for the gorgeous setting. All in all, it was the perfect day.
For my day at the winery, I went with some white skinny jeans, my new ivory sweater tank, my amazing white ysl belt bag that I’m totally obsessed with, and my new big tortoise sunnies. I felt so chic, and also maybe a little daring for wearing white to a winery! I made it through with no spills or stains though. Talk about a successful day!
As we were about to leave, the sun was setting and we walked past the most beautiful golden field of some kind of wheat. You already know we stopped to take some photos. Just wait. I plan on posting soon. And this golden hour session is going to blow you away!
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Photos by Ryan Carpenter.