New Wine Tour

Now this looks like a good plan.

During the Christmas break, we took the kids (and ourselves) on the Cape  Town Sightseeing bus. We did the Waterfront, the CBD, Table Mountain and Camps Bay, before taking two exhausted, happy kids home. For some weird personal reasons, maybe you don’t believe me, so here are some photos and a blog post to prove it. See? Your issues, not mine. Get some help.

Anyway, incoming PR from Cape Town Sightseeing tells me that they have now added a couple of wine farms onto their Peninsular “Blue Tour”. Nice idea, peeps.

Claus Tworeck, the CEO of City Sightseeing, explains that the new Wine Tour has been launched as an added free value extension to the existing Blue Mini Peninsula Tour, and offers visitors and locals alike the chance to experience a true Cape outing.

“The Cape is synonymous with its wines and Groot Constantia, which has been in existence since 1685, not only offers visitors the chance to taste and purchase top quality wines but to also experience the grandeur and history of this beautiful estate and its surrounds!”

The list of things to do at Groot Constantia is impressive and, amongst other things, includes a fascinating tour of the historical Cape Dutch manor house, a cellar tour and wine tasting, the unique vineyard walk, the option to eat lunch at the restaurants or order a pre-packed picnic. Alternatively, bring your own.

“This is a wonderful day out for the entire family, and the estate is extremely child friendly. Kids can run around under the oak trees, visit the ducks in the pond and generally have a great time whilst their parents enjoy some wine tasting and a meal.”

And Claus is right. I think that the Constantia Wine Route is one of the most underrated attractions in Cape Town and if this helps it gain a little ground in the competition against its (admittedly also lovely) counterparts in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek, then I’m all for it.

Add that to the other attractions on the blue tour: Kirstenbosch, Hout Bay and Camps Bay and you’ve got yourself a big day out. With wine. What’s not to like?

The “hop-on, hop-off” buses for the wine tour depart from the Waterfront stop (at the 2 Oceans Aquarium) every 35 minutes from 9am. Tickets are R120 for a day tour or and extraordinary R200 for two days consecutive tours – and if you book online, you will save R10 and R20 on the prices respectively.

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