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Groot Constantia Wine Estate

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Set in lush gardens and sprawling vineyards, Groot Constantia is South Africa’s oldest wine farm which dates back in 1679. Consistently produces award-winning wines, especially renowned for its Sauvignon Blanc. Groot actually means in Dutch and Afrikaans great (as in large) in English. Considering its original 763 hectares land, we can say that Groot Constantia definitely lives up to its name.

South Africa’s current thriving wine industry has actually a long history. Viticulture was originally introduced to the Cape Town by Commander Simon van der Stel of the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) which was a chartered company possessing quasi-governmental powers on Dutch spice trade. Dominating the international spice trade in 16th century, VOC found many towns such as Cape Town, Batavia (modern Jakarta) to protect their interest by occupying the territories with their commenders.

Groot Constantia was first granted to Commander Simon van der Stel by the governing body of the VOC in 1685. As he was already an expert in viticulture and brandy making back in Muiderberg Netherlands , 763 hectares of stretched land was a great start for his love of wine and for the origins of the South African wine industry. After Van der Stel’s death, the wine farm was divided into three: the Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia and Buitenverwachting, all of which are on the Constantia Wine Route that winds through the Constantia winelands in Cape Town.

Restaurants & Museums & Wine Tasting Tours
Groot Constantia is a leading tourist attraction in Cape Town with its Wine Museum and Dutch Renaissance style designed Manor House. Both museums are part of the Iziko Museums of South Africa. Groot Constantia has also two of the finest & TripAdvisor approved restaurants in Cape Town. These are Simon’s and Jonkershuis restaurants. If you are in a picnic mood, with its Simon’s Deli you can call a day before you visit to get your DELIcious picnic basket sorted out for you. For reservations please call +27(0)217941143

Tasting the award-winning wines and seeing the production in action, definitely is a must to do in Groot Constantia. You will surely enjoy a 45 minute guided tour through the historic cellar, followed by a wine tasting and audio-visual screening. But whatever you do, do not leave without tasting the famous Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc. For more information please visit Groot Constantia’s page.

Yemyeşil bahçeleri ve çiftlik boyunca sereserpe uzanan üzüm bağlarıyla, Groot Constantia Güney Afrika’nın en eski şarap çiftliği olup, tarihi 1679’a kadar uzanır. Mütemadiyen dünya çapında ödüllü şaraplar üretmekte olup, özellikle en çok Sauvignon Blanc şarabi ile ünlüdür.

Güney Afrika’nın gittikçe gelişen şarap endüstrisi aslında uzun bir geçmişe sahiptir. Cape Town bağcılıkla ilk defa Hollanda Doğu Hindistan Şirketi’nin (Vereeniğde Oost-İndische Compagnie) Komutanı Simon van der Stel sayesinde tanışmıştır. Bu tekel faaliyetleri yürütmüş imtiyazlı şirket, 16. Yüzyılda dünya çapında baharat ticaretine monopoli sayesinde egemenliğini kurmuş ve kendi çıkarlarını güvence altına almak amacıyla Cape Town, Batavia (günümüz Cakarta’sı) gibi pek çok şehri ticaret üssü olarak kullanmıştır.

VOC’un Cape Town’a atadığı komutan olan Simon van der Stel’e Groot Constantia 1685’te imtiyazlı olarak verilmiştir. Zaten önceden Hollanda Muiderberg’de bir bağcılık ve konyak uzmanı olan Van der Stel, 763 hektarlık verimli bir araziyle ve şaraba olan aşkıyla Güney Afrika’nın şarap endüstrisine resmen başlamasını sağlamıştır. Ölümünün ardından şarap çiftliği günümüzdeki Cape Town Constantia Şarap Rotası’nı oluşturan 3 ayrı şarap çiftliğine yani; Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia and Buitenverwachting’e bölünmüştür.

Restoranlar & Müzeler & Şarap Tadım Turları
Şarap Müzesi ve Hollanda Rönesansı kokan köşkü ile Groot Constantia Cape Town’un önde gelen turistik mekanlarından biridir. Her iki müze de Güney Afrika’nın İziko Müzelerine bağlıdır. Ayrıca Groot Constantia, Cape Town’un neredeyse en iyi ve TripAdvisor onaylı iki restoranına sahiptir. Bunlar Simon’s ve Jonkershuis restoranlarıdır. Eğer piknik modundaysanız, ozaman Simon’s restoranının şarküteri bölümüyle, piknik sepetiniz lezzetle hazırlanabilir. Bunun için ziyaretinizden en az bir gün önce +27(0)217941143’nolu numarayı arayarak piknik sepetinizi ücretsiz reserve edebilirsiniz.

Groot Constantia’da yapılması gerenken en önemli aktivitelerden biri ise tabikide şarap tadım turudur. Bu 45dk’lik rehberli turla tarihi şarap mahzenini ve üretim tesisini birbirinden ünlü şaraplarını tadarak gezebilirsiniz. Ama ne yaparsanız yapın, Groot Constantia’nın o meşhur Constantia Sauvignon Blanc şarabını tatmadan gitmeyiniz. Daha fazla bilgi için lütfen Groot Constantia’nın sitesini ziyaret ediniz.

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