Constantia Valley is celebrating 333 years of winemaking this year, boasting over 3 centuries of producing some of the world’s finest wines.
It was Simon van der Stel who launched the wine industry in the region, almost 2 decades after Jan van Riebeek arrived to settle the Cape. Appointed the Cape Colony’s first Governor, he also had training and experience in viticulture. After sending numerous soil samples from all over the Cape back to Europe to be analysed and ascertain the best location to plant vineyards.
To celebrate this occasion, Silvermist Vineyards hosted an event that was attended by 9 of the region’s top winemakers, where they unveiled a surprise project, which they hope will take the wine route to the next level. The culmination of a united winemaking region, The Constantia Wine Route website aims to bring wine enthusiasts closer to the winemaking process through a series of virtual tours of each of the vineyards. Visitors to the website can explore their favourite wine farms or discover new ones, from the comfort of their homes.
This is not only a great opportunity to showcase their own properties and product but it allows the winemakers in Constantia Valley to help promote one another in an effort to bring the region to new heights