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Groot Constantia, Constantia: Wine Estate Review

Groot Constantia
Constantia Road

Tasting hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Sunday
Tasting fee: R20 for 5 tastes
Number of wines to taste: Approximately 15
Reds? Yes
Whites? Yes
Special? Cellar Tours, Two Restaurants, Historical Buildings
SA Blog recommends? Bit of a yawn

Tel: +27 (0) 21 794 5128, Fax: +27 (0) 21 794 1999

Directions: M41 to Constantia

Groot Constantia is a large, heavily-touristified wine estate. The tastings are generous and a good value… if you like their wines. I was not of fan of the Blanc de Noir 2005, Bouquet Blanc 2004, Pinotage 2004 or Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2005. In general, they were too dry for my taste, bordering on acidic.

I did purchase a bottle of the Groot Constantia Muscat de Frontignan, however. Although on the higher end of their non-award winning wines, it was still a good value for approximately R60.

Groot Constantia is best known for their Gouverneurs Reserve and Grand Constance labels, which are generally four times as expensive as the other bottles.