Groot Constantia

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About Us

We aim to be a world class international destination, capturing the rich and diverse heritage of South Africa, in order to deliver a unique cultural, social and historical experience, to locals and tourists alike, through the offering of world class, quality wines and sensory encounters.

 

Groot Constantia stands as a pinion of excellence for the wine industry and is an ideal example of the preservation of South African culture and heritage.

It is a fully operational farm, one of South Africa’s most visited tourist attractions, where a wide range of quality estate wines are created and sold (seven days a week).

With a variety of other attractions, including restaurants & museums a visit to Groot Constantia becomes an unforgettable experience. The estate is today owned by the Groot Constantia Trust, a non profit company (NPC).

The trust is committed to maintain and restore this national monument which is South Africa's oldest and best known wine estate.

 

Meet the owners of the oldest wine farm in South Africa and learn to understand the significance of each era.

Simon van der Stel (1639-1712)

Contemporary documents describe Simon van der Stel, the first owner of what is now Groot Constantia, as having been born in Mauritius. In fact, he was born at sea while his parents were on their way to Mauritius from Batavia in 1639. His father, who was in the employ of the Dutch East India Company (VOC, as contracted in Dutch), had been posted there, but was eventually transferred back to Batavia, were Simon remained until the age of 20, having by then lost both parents.

Oloff Bergh and Anna de Koningh (1716-1734)

Oloff Bergh, who took possession of Constantia on 13 November 1716, was born in Göteborg, Sweden, in 1643 and joined the VOC in 1665. He spent a few years in Ceylon as a soldier and was a sergeant when he arrived at the Cape in 1676.

Carl George Wieser and Jacobus van der Spuij (1734 -1778)

On 9 August 1734, Groot Constantia was acquired by Carl George Wieser. Wieser, a soldier in the service of the VOC who came from Heidelberg, Germany, arrived at the Cape in 1728. He was promoted to corporal in 1730 and two years later married Johanna Jacoba Colijn, sister of Johannes Colijn, then owner of Klein Constantia. In 1724, Johanna owned a farm at Camps Bay and evidently had some farming experience. Their only child, a boy, was born in 1732. In the following year, Wieser resigned from the VOC to become a Free Burgher.

Jan Serrurier (1778)

Jan (or Johan) Serrurier, the son of a minister, Louis (or Lodewyk) Serrurier, and Esther de Vis, came from Hanau in the Netherlands. In 1747, he married Catharina Kretzschmar, the widow of Jan van der Swyn, who from 1738 had owned and lived on the farm Alphen, not far from Groot Constantia. Two sons were born from this marriage. In 1755, after Catharina’s death, Serrurier married Geertruyda (baptised 1736), daughter of the wealthy farmer Jacob van Reenen (died 1764), owner of Witteboomen, also near Groot Constantia. They had seven children.

Hendrik Cloete (Senior) (1778-1799)

Between 1778 and 1885, three generations of Cloete's owned Groot Constantia and a total of five Cloete generations were responsible for its viticulture.

The Cloete Era continues (1799-1885)

Hendrik Cloete junior had a close association with the estate starting 1778, the year that his father bought it and had given him the job of farm manager, for which his remuneration was a share of the produce.

Government (1885 - 1993)

Groot Constantia Trust (1993 till present)

Products and Services

Groot Constantia Wine Tasting

It takes years to build a legacy, even decades.

This is why we only spend our time on things that are worthwhile.  Most people believe perfection is an impossible ideal, we don’t.  We have produced legendary wines for over 300 years.

  • At only R30 per person our wines may be tasted and bought 7 days a week from 09h00 – 17h30.
  • Include a cellar tour with your wine tasting experience at only R40 per person.
  • Book a wine tasting by calling us on Tel: 021-794 5128 or through Webtickets.
  • Chocolate and wine tasting, at R60 per person, includes 4 delectable chocolates paired with 4 of our award winning wines.
  • Include a cellar tour with the chocolate and wine pairing at R70 per person.
  • Please note: there is no student/pensioner discount for the chocolate and wine tasting.
  • chocolate and wine tasting

Contact Number

+27 21 794-5128

Email

enquiries@grootconstantia.co.za

Address

Constantia
7848