Bicycle Constantia Wine Valley Tour Overview
Half Day Constantia Wine Valley Bicycle Tour
- Start Time: 8am (morning) / 1pm (afternoon)
- Riding Time: 2/3 hours, including wine tastings
- Dates: Daily
- Departure Location: Cape Grace Hotel, V&A Waterfront
- Difficulty Level: 1/3
Visitors step back in time and trace the history of viniculture in South Africa by visiting the country's finest wine estates in the lush Constantia valley. Meander through the rolling vineyards on your bicycle, learning about the various vintages, all the while framed by the brooding backdrop of Table Mountain.
The affluent suburb of Constantia is one of Cape Town's most sought-after areas and was initially a private estate occupied by Simon van der Stel, governor of the Cape Colony, in the late 17th century. Wine production began here as early as 1685, shortly after the Dutch occupation of the Cape, and it was not long before these wines became famous around the world. Originally one mammoth estate, this farmland was divided after van der Stel’s death in 1712 and is now home to seven producers, each one unique but sharing the same commitment to preserving the fine wines and rich heritage of their predecessors.
The Eco-active adventure starts in the country's oldest estate which dates to 1685 and is often referred to as “the birthplace of South African wine”. Historic manor houses and museums pay testament to the heritage of this region, with a private cellar tour and tasting by special arrangement. We cycle through the vineyards, with panoramic views over the valley and False Bay where the Atlantic Ocean hits sunkissed beaches. A number of renowned estates are included, with the chance to meet the sommelier and sample some of the best wines this country has produced, including the notable Vin de Constance, which was personally requested by Napoleon Bonaparte.
The Constantia valley not only boasts South Africa's oldest vineyards but plays host to an array of award-winning restaurants that are consistently voted among the best in the world. Wining and dining are of the highest order, so be prepared for gourmet picnic lunches, showcasing the delicacies of the region, combined with world-class wines enjoyed in the most scenic of locations.