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Groot Constantia

Famous winery in South African wine field Constantia (see the history there in detail). It was the core part of the governor's original Constantia farm Simon van der Stel (1639-1712). After his death, the property was divided into three parts, Groot Constantia, Little Constantia and Bergvliet (today Buitenverwachting ) disassembled and sold. In 1779 part of it was acquired by the Cloete family, who had a new cellar built in 1791. During this time the fame of the sweet wine was established. It came through around 1860 mildew and phylloxera to serious problems. Finally, in 1885, the property became government property and was used as an experimental wine and agricultural property. Production ceased at the beginning of the 20th century. After a catastrophic fire in 1925, the house was largely restored. In 1969 the mansion became part of the South African Cultural History Museum, which focuses particularly on rural slavery and the life of slaves during the early Cape colonial period.

In 1993 the new owner Groot Constantia Trust revived it. The property is a major attraction for tourists due to various facilities, with 450,000 visitors annually. Cape museum furniture from the 18th century, paintings and porcelain are exhibited in a museum. The attached wine museum tells the story of viticulture on the Cape. The "Groot Constantia Tavern" and the "Jonkerhuis Restaurant" take care of your physical well-being. The vineyards cover 90 hectares of vineyards. You are with the red varieties Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot. Pinotage and Shiraz ( Syrah ), as well as the white wine varieties Chardonnay. Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc planted. The top product is the red wine "Gouverneurs Blend". There are also wines in the Port wine style generated. Every year over half a million bottles of wine are produced.

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