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Recognised globally as a premier wine destination, Cape Town boasts a rich tapestry of vineyards where the iconic Constantia Wine Valley proudly holds the title of the oldest wine-producing region in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s a fitting location for the newConstantia Wine Walk, which provides guests the opportunity to savour the region’s finest wines while exploring the historic and breath-taking surroundings.
In partnership with The Constantia Wine Route, the Constantia Wine Walk is a half-day guided walking tour that takes guests on private trails through the vineyards, offers 10 wine tastings, and ends with a delicious harvest platter lunch at the final stop. With exclusive access to three iconic wine farms in the Constantia Valley — Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia, and Buitenverwachting — this immersive journey blends the best of South African wines, picturesque landscapes, and cultural richness and is set to redefine wine tourism in the region.
The founder and visionary behind the Constantia Wine Walk, Matthew Sterne, expressed his excitement about this exciting new venture. “The Constantia Wine Walk is not just a tour, it’s a curated adventure that brings together the essence of Constantia’s rich winemaking heritage and the stunning landscapes that make this region so special. We have meticulously crafted an experience that allows guests to taste world-class wines while immersing themselves in the stories and traditions that have shaped Constantia into a premier wine destination.”
A major feature of the 7km walking tour is the stories that Sterne shares as he leads guests through the lush vineyards and oak-lined lanes. The history of the Constantia Wine Valley is told through the four winemakers who helped shape the iconic story of Constantia — the famously “sweet, luscious and agreeable” wine that was the toast of ballrooms and palaces across Europe in the 1700s — that has been forever immortalised in the pages of famous novels and poems. It’s not hard to see why this verdant corner of vineyards in South Africa’s Western Cape has attracted tourists and wine connoisseurs from around the world for centuries.
With fascinating anecdotes and tales that span centuries, this captivating wine walk allows guests to witness first-hand the soil and terroir conditions that are responsible for the elegant wines for which Constantia is renowned, while indulging in tastings of a carefully curated selection of wines paired with delectable local delicacies that highlight the diversity of South African cuisine. Guests can anticipate an intimate and personalised experience, as groups are deliberately kept small to ensure a more meaningful connection with the surroundings.
Sterne believes that wine is not just a beverage but a cultural expression. “The Constantia Wine Walk is not only about tasting exquisite wines but also about understanding the stories behind each bottle and the people who make it all possible. It’s a celebration of Constantia’s past, present, and future in every sip.”
As the Constantia Wine Walk uncorks a new chapter in Cape Town’s wine tourism, it promises to be a pivotal experience for both seasoned wine connoisseurs and those eager to explore the city’s vinous treasures.