Choosing a Cape Town Wine Route If You Only Have One Day: Franschhoek, Stellenbosch Paarl or Constantina & Simons Town

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Choosing a Cape Town Wine Route?

Cape Town Wine Route

Choosing a Cape Town Wine Route if you have only one day.

Which one of many wine routes do you choose?

A traveller from Sydney had such a problem of choosing a Cape Town Wine Route Franschhoek, Stellenbosch Paarl or Constantina & Simons Town.

If you are based in Cape Town and only have one day then I would do Constantia wine route. Groot Constantia, I would give a skip as most big tourist busses stop there. They have great wines and art but can be crowed.

My family prefer the smaller wine farms where you get real surprises and personal treatment as we did during this wine tour.

When you do the Constantia wine route, you may even have time to see the penguins in Simon’s Town. And do the lovely drive via Cape Point, Scarborough, Kommetjie, Chapmans Peak then you’ll have a really full day.

I would do it the other way round. Leave Cape Town *really* early and go via Chapmans Drive to Cape Point. Off to the penguins in Simon’s Town – and see the penguins – from the outside walkway – and then off to the Constantia wine route to wine the day off.

This is what others suggested:

Both choices (Stellenbosch and Constantia) are worthwhile visits, but I think it would be a pity not see the Cape of Good Hope (it being the most southern western point of Africa ). and where the 2 oceans meet.The scenery is amazing and the trip up to the top in the Funicula is fun, and you can visit the Cape Point Lighthouse.The panorama is stunning and you can experience wineries in Constantia so this route gives you the best of both worlds. Simonstown will give you a historical perspective and if you have time try to visit Boulders Beach to see the penguin colony. I visited all the areas you mention last September and I think the 2nd option would best maximise your trip experience. stargaize

I would agree to do the peninsular and Constantia wine region. They are fairly close together so likely to give you more time to see things and not travelling all the time. Eagles Nest is another nice wine Estate close to the others suggested. joyceyorks

By the way: Did you know that wine has been made in the Constantia Valley from 1685?

1888 Map of the Cape of Good Hope with German text

1888 Map of the Cape of Good Hope with German text (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia, Buitenverwachting, Constantia Uitsig, Steenberg, Constantia Glen, Eagles’ Nest, Beau Constantia and Silvermist – the nine producers making up the Constantia Wine Route – are big in quality, rich in history and boast a unique terroir and boast a winemaking history dating back to 1685. Constantia Wine Route

So where will it be if you only have one day?

Constantia Wine Route or down the road to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek?



  1. Karen said on March 12, 2013 8:06 am:

    Thank you Johan for recommending our beautiful Constantia wine route for a one day tour, only 20 minutes from Cape Town and wineries within 10 minutes of each other certainly do make it possible to taste and experience a number of farms in just one day. I would definitely recommend Groot Constantia to visitors who have an interest in the wine making process as they have cellar tours leaving every hour on the hour and their magnificent cellar is really worth seeing. We should not forget that the valley is home to some world class restaurants such as La Colombe, Constantia Uitsig, Buitenverwachting, Bistro 1682 and Catharina’s. There are many other less formal options in the valley and summer time picnics are also very popular and can be booked at Buitenverwachting, Steenberg and Eagles Nest. Something for everyone in just one day!

  2. Johan Horak said on March 12, 2013 12:02 pm:

    It’s easy to do – recommend Constantia wine route. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have fun

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