Constantia, an affluent suburb of Cape Town, is one of the oldest townships and was established in the late 17th
century when the first vine cuttings were planted by settlers of the Dutch East India Company. Now famous for its tranquil ambience and well-established wines, Constantia is the perfect introduction into South Africa’s gastronomic splendour. Fly into Cape Town and drive to country hotel Cellars-Hohenort
, located in the heart of Constantia. Here, you’ll take part in a cookery class, learning a few show-stopping recipes, and go on a private food tour of the Cape. For your leisure time, wander along the tree-lined streets, spotting the characteristic Cape Dutch houses and the contoured slopes of Table Mountain, or visit the nearby farmer’s markets and wine estates. Eat until you can’t anymore in the Malay Quarter of Bo Kapp and experience the emerging coffee culture with an artisanal cup.
Visit the oldest wine estate in the country, Groot Constantia, to try its sweet wines, which were cellared by Napoleon, Jane Austen and Queen Victoria alike, and then head to Camps Bay for a palate cleanser, tucking into the fantastically fresh seafood.
As well as food and wine, Capetonians also really love their beer -small and independent breweries are paving over the old, mass-produced lagers. With micro-breweries exploding onto the scene from every angle of the Cape, join the revolution with a beer tasting – we’d recommend starting at Riot Beer with their IPA or golden ale in full view of its brewery engine room.