The vineyard at Groot Constantia offers several free and mildly challenging hike routes through the vineyards taking in some amazing views over the southern peninsular of Cape Town with the warm waters of False Bay and the Hottentot Holland mountains off in the distance.
A Few Select Groot Constantia Facts
The history of the award winning Groot Constantia estate is well documented with it’s first mention being in 1685 when the land is granted to Van der Stel, which he names Constantia and when Silver medals were awarded to Groot Constantia wine at the Paris Exhibition in 1867. It is now owned by the Groot Constantia Trust so no one individual has control over the wine farm.
The wine estate is roughly 763 hectares in size with most of it being open to the general public to walk through, it produces 13 different wines and has won over 100 awards in the last 15 years and is South Africa’s most awarded estate.
The hike can last anything from 30 minutes up to 2hrs – and it can take you high up and close to Bokkemanskloof, it is worth while to keep your eyes open when the trails are quiet as puff adders like to hang out on the warm dry slopes the higher up you go, there are also several other of Cape Towns local residents that often are seen such as baboons!
When you have finished your hike you can either enjoy a cappuccino and a croissant from the snack tables outside Jonkershuis or Simons restaurant or sit down and have breakfast at either of the amazing restaurants.
There is no official start point to the hiking trails as there are several to pick – around the grand entrance to the estate there are several different walks that can be enjoyed that are casual in nature. If you venture further into the estate and park close to Simons restaurant you can tackle some of the steeper climbs as you start to move up onto the mountain side.