On the way to the airport this morning, we stopped by the famous Groot Constantia, which is a winery operating out of a lovely Cape Dutch estate in the suburban area of Constantia.
It was founded in 1635, and it boasts of award-winning wines.
They claim to be South Africa’s oldest wine-producing estate, and it’s about 20 minutes outside of Cape Town proper in an estate with a good restaurant, lots of greenery with nice walks, and a historical Cape Dutch house full of antiques.
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The gentleman who came to pick me up and bring me to the airport told me to be ready at just past 11 AM for my 12:50 PM flight on South African Express to Kimberley, in Northern Cape.
As usual, I was a few minutes late as I always like to spend as little time at airports as possible.
I’m in an airport practically every week — or at least every two weeks – after all, so I try to always everything cut close whenever I get my way.
THIS COMPLETES THE WINERY PUZZLE
FOR CAPE TOWN
Vergelegen Winery in Somerset West, which we visited last year
But when we met up, he said to me: “I thought I’d take you first to Groot Constantia, since we’re already in the area. You’ve already been to Vergelegen, Rust en Vrede, Steenberg and the Constantia Ulitsig estate. You need to see Groot Constantia.”
Steenberg Winery in Constantia, which we visited last year
I’d been to the first four wineries, you see, on my last trip to Cape Town exactly one year ago. And Groot Constantia was about a ten-minute drive from where I was staying, at the beautiful Alphen Hotel.