Photo courtesy of Hillary Fox/Cape Town Tourism
Lying behind Table Mountain is the exquisite Constantia Valley, the first wine-growing region, dating back to 1685, with eight award-winning wine estates. It is also a sought-after suburb, with large properties, bicycle tracks through the forest, and horse riders aplenty. The wine farms are all worth visiting, not only for their wines but also for their bistros and views. The area itself, which is adjacent to Kirstenbosch and runs to Constantia Nek and then along the mountains to Tokai, is full of short hikes that are clearly marked, and plenty of restaurants, such as Jonkershuis (always with a toasty fire going in winter) on Groot Constantia and the Chardonnay Deli, which is perfect for breakfast, coffee and lunch. At Constantia Nek, up a dirt car track through the forest, is the Art in the Forest ceramic center, where stunning pieces are for sale and free classes provided for children from disadvantaged communities.
By Ted Botha
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