OUR LEGACY

ABOUT US

Groot Constantia. South Africa’s oldest wine-producing farm, continuing to produce legendary wine since 1685.
Groot Constantia is an important part of World Wine Heritage and a world-class international tourism destination, capturing the rich and diverse heritage of South Africa, to deliver a unique cultural, social and historical experience, to locals and tourists alike. Delivering world class, quality wines, sensory encounters and special experiences, it is an iconic example of the preservation of South African culture and heritage in the wine industry.

OUR LEGACY

ABOUT US

Groot Constantia. South Africa’s oldest wine-producing farm, continuing to produce legendary wine since 1685.

Groot Constantia is an important part of World Wine Heritage and a world-class international tourism destination, capturing the rich and diverse heritage of South Africa, to deliver a unique cultural, social and historical experience, to locals and tourists alike. Delivering world class, quality wines, sensory encounters and special experiences, it is an iconic example of the preservation of South African culture and heritage in the wine industry.

GROOT CONSTANTIA STANDS AS A PINION OF EXCELLENCE

It is still, after a history of more than 300 years, a fully operational farm and 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 the remarkable restaurants & museums a visit to Groot Constantia becomes an unforgettable experience. Groot Constantia had many different owners and consequently the Estate has also been divided a few times.

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In 1993, before the dawn of democracy in South Africa, the Estate was transferred to a Not for Profit Company (Ringfenced) through an Act of Parliament.  In terms of the founding document, the company has 13 directors representing different stakeholder that have the right to nominate candidates. The Groot Constantia board, on the recommendation of the nomination’s committee, appoints the directors at the Annual General meeting. The directors represent a wealth of diverse skills, expertise and experience, including winemaking, education, heritage, history, community development, tourism, finance and legal aspects.

The Groot Constantia Trust NPC RF has no shareholders, is independent, self-reliant and sustains itself in every respect. Financial surplus goes back into the operations and maintenance of the Estate, and if any funding required it is obtained from banks at normal lending rates.

Directors serve the company without any compensation, with the pride and passion to keep this South African landmark flourishing.

Groot Constantia Trust NPC RF has several stakeholders, partners and associates locally and internationally. These include the wine industry, tourism, heritage, government at all three tiers, media, and community bodies. Groot Constantia values and remains committed to these relationships in order
to preserve its legacy.

Groot Constantia’s rich history shows how one man’s love of wine established South Africa’s first wine farm more than 330 years ago and how those 891 morgen of land formed the origins of the commercial South African wine industry, with Emperors and Kings such as Frederick the Great of Prussia and Louis Phillipe (King of the French) buying ‘Constantia Wyn’ at auctions across Europe.

South Africa’s oldest wine became so renowned it appears in Jane Austen’s novel ‘Sense and Sensibility’ as a cure for a broken heart and is drunk to lift a character’s spirit in ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ by Charles Dickens. Perhaps it even soothed Napoleon as it was served during his exile on the island of Saint Helena.

VINEYARD INFORMATION

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1,100 mm rainfall per annum
78% rainfall from May to October.
Total hectares: 160

Groot Constantia is situated on aesthetic Cape Peninsula overlooking False Bay. The vineyards are tucked in the steep valley on the eastern side of Table Mountain.

1,100 mm rainfall per annum.  78% Rainfall from May to October.
Total hectares: 160

Groot Constantia is situated on aesthetic Cape Peninsula overlooking False Bay. The vineyards are tucked in the steep valley on the eastern side of Table Mountain.

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Hectares under vines

Metres above sea level

Total Hectares

Tons: Pressing capacity

Total Hectares

Hectares under vines

Metres above sea level

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650

160

90

60-280

~Recipe for Excellence~

Nine different soil types exist
on the farm and careful planning ensured the selection of the best possible clones of chosen varietals, in harmony with the specific slopes and soil types.

~Recipe for Excellence~

Nine different soil types exist
on the farm and careful planning ensured the selection of the best possible clones of chosen varietals, in harmony with the specific slopes and soil types.

Major Varietals

Red (70 %) | White (30 %)

• Cabernet Sauvignon
• Cabernet Franc
• Merlot
• Shiraz
• Pinotage
• Muscat de Frontignan: Grand Constance naturally sweet wine  
• Sauvignon Blanc
• Chardonnay
• Semillon

Major Varietals

Red (70 %) | White (30 %)

• Cabernet Sauvignon
• Cabernet Franc
• Merlot
• Shiraz
• Pinotage
• Muscat de Frontignan: Grand Constance naturally sweet wine  
• Sauvignon Blanc
• Chardonnay
• Semillon

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COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY

We, Groot Constantia, are a WWF Conservation Champion – acknowledged as an environmental leader in the wine industry for our commitment to conservation, responsible production practices, integrated environmental management systems, and spearheading innovations in water, energy efficiency and climate adaptation. With 95% of wine growing taking place in the unique habitat of the Cape winelands, WWF participates in a pioneering partnership between the South African wine industry and the conservation sector – one that Groot Constantia is proud to be part of.