Characteristically Cape: Part 2

No one can visit the Western Cape without a visit to one of the many magnificent wine estates! South Africa's wine making history originates from the 17th century with the Dutch and later, French Hugenot settlements, who brought their know-how to the Cape. With a Mediterranean climate (wet winters, dry summers), clay soils, undulating hills and occasional cool sea breezes provided just the right conditions for the first vintners.

Groot Constantia Manor House at sunset.

Groot Constantia Manor House at sunset.

Wine making can be traced back to the 1680s and the then governor, Simon van der Stel who purchased a large 750 hectre estate in the Constantia region of Cape Town. Wine was first exported by van der Stel's son, and grew in recognition in Europe in the 1760s.  Today, Groot Constantia remains our oldest and one of the most recognised estates, set on that original farm.



But a trip out of Cape Town is a must! Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Somerset West, Paarl and Robertson offer a feast for the senses - set amongst mountaneous backdrops, with dozens of estates offering not only world renowned wine but fine dining and events throughout the year. For more information, visit Franschhoek or Stellenbosch Tourism.

We had fun hosting our first Bubbly Masterclass event earlier this month in partnership with Corlien Morris of Wine Menu in Illovo. After Christa Von la Chevallerie took participants through nine different bubblies, there were merry vibes here at The Gables! Look forward to hosting more wine events here.