The Dutch Indian Company appointed a man in Cape Town named Simon van der Stel in the year 1679. Simon van der Stel worked for the Company for many years, because of his loyal service he decided to request some land from them. To help him decide on what location to choose, he sent out some riders to obtain soil samples from different regions. Finally he made a choice on an area of land located behind Table Mountain; the land was favourable for wine growing and had spectacular views. He built a farm and named it ‘Constantia’ which translated from Latin means, steadfastness or constancy. The wines that have been produced on this farm have always been of high quality and captured the attention of many powerful people around the world. The wine farm is also known as one of the oldest in South Africa. In 1712 Van der Stel died and the wine estate was divided and sold, these three divided regions are now known as Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia and Bergvliet.
Groot Constantia museum in Cape Town
The manor house today is part of the South African Cultural History Museum. Explore the original restored Manor House which is a fine example of Cape Dutch Architecture. Inside you will be able to go back in time to view a collection of Cape Furniture amongst other items. The exhibition also tells the story of the slaves who lived in the earlier Cape colonial period.
Constantia Village shopping centre
The Village is a great place to visit if you want to experience a variety of art galleries, boutiques, gourmet food and lots more. The Village is also only minutes away from Groot Constantia and provides the visitor with a unique Shopping experience. The Centre gives off an old world atmosphere, where you can enjoy your time at one of their quaint coffee shops, restaurants or cafes. The centre has a few restaurants that are ideal venues for Murder Mystery Events.
De Hel Nature Walk
Located on the Constantia Nek road, the area has been declared a provincial Heritage Site. You will be able to enjoy the cool tree canopies along the route, but it will challenge you along the steeper slopes. The nature lover will enjoy the many species of plants in the area including the endangered Silver tree. The route is a bit strenuous but definitely family-friendly and only takes about an hour to complete.
Enjoy dinner at La Colombe
The La Colombe Restaurant can be found on the Silvermist Wine Estate in Constantia Nek. The restaurant has won numerous awards and has achieved world-wide acclaim for its superb cuisine. The food served is a mix of contemporary French and Asian fine dining, offering you the best dining experience in the world.
Alphen Antiques and Collectables Fair
If you love antiques and a good deal then you must visit the Alphen Antiques and Collectables fair, occurring twice a month on the second and fourth Sunday. All collectors and dealers can search for bargains on items including art, jewellery, coins and much more. You can find the fair at the Alphen centre which is conveniently opposite the Constantia Village Shopping Centre.