This year, Groot Constantia – South Africa’s oldest wine producing farm – is celebrating the start of its 333rd year of uninterrupted wine production – an achievement that cannot be claimed by any other wine farm in South Africa.
To mark over three centuries as custodians of South Africa’s wine production history, Groot Constantia is also celebrating the announcement that the estate has been officially declared a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Conservation Champion.
The partnership with the WWF is part of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative, where the South African wine industry and the conservation sector working together to promote awareness and participation in conservation-focused farming practices.
Audio Tours Launched
The estate has also launched three new self-guided audio tours, available as part of the Visitors Route Experience.
This is a unique offering which allows visitors to experience each of the estate’s main attractions by following a specially designed circular route.
The audio-guided Museum Tour, Cellar Tour and Vineyard Tour are free of charge and available to download by anyone with a smart phone so that they can do a self-guided tour at their leisure – either alone or in a group.
The Museum Tour brings the Manor House and historic Cloete Cellar to life. You’ll hear accounts of the estate from some of the travellers who have visited it over the centuries, as well as interviews with members of the wider Constantia community and experts who have made the estate’s history their life’s work.
The historic Cloete Cellar was the only place where the famous Grand Constance wine was ever produced, and now the cellar forms an integral part of Groot Constantia’s Visitors Route, with half of the cellar housing a museum, whilst the other half features an additional tasting room. Visitors can also view a rare bottle of Grand Constance that was produced in 1821 in the Cloete Cellar.
For more information visit www.grootconstantia.co.za