South Africa's wine industry began in Constantia Valley, back in 1685. Governor Simon van der Stel chose the area for its wine growing potential, now the valley counts 10 vineyards and grows many grape varieties, being Pinotage the local flavour. Simon's house is still maintained as a musum within Groot Constantia, the largest and oldest winery in the Constantia Valley that also arranges lovely one hour tours where you learn more about wine production, visit the cellar and get to taste the wine, lovely paired with specially designed chocolates. For a wine lover like me, it was a definitely a memorable day.
Book your visit to Groot Constantia in advance and make sure you get a spot in the time which suits your plan. After the tasting, you can take a walk around the vineyard, houses and acorn trees, which is a rather lovely way to round up the afternoon.
Groot Constantia [WEB]