Wine of Exile: Groot Constantia Exhibition

History plays an integral role in many people’s lives. It shapes our perspectives on life, the way we make decisions, the way we socialize, the way we eat and of course the way we drink. And yes, we mean the way we drink. A little story behind every drink helps discern what then becomes your favorite drink. For example, we like the traditional African beer umqombothi, just because there’s so much history, myths and rituals behind it that are so intriguing. For that, we like drinking it as it opens up space to delve into discussions that rarely get a fair share of deliberation. Nevertheless, the point of the article is the importance of history in the winemaking industry and how it influences our decision when choosing one’s favorite wines.

Groot Constantia is one of our favorite wine estates, simply because of its rich history and heritage. The estate was one of the first wine farms in the Cape and no one can doubt its historical charm. The very fact that Napoleon drank Groot Constantia wine, while he was on exile on St Helena Island, is moving. Edna’s favorite subject in high school was history and Napoleon was her historic figure crush. So it only makes sense that the estate’s history ignites a level of excitement in us and ultimately the love of Groot Constantia Estate itself and the wines too.

With the estate celebrating their 333rd year of uninterrupted wine production, they launched exciting tours of the estate and are available as part of the Visitors Route Experience.  In addition to celebrating such a historic milestone, Groot Constantia is exhibiting Napoleon’s life on St Helena in the Cloete Cellar, and the exhibition is titled WINE OF EXILE. Entry is on R105.00 per person and this allows you the following activities:

  • Entrance to the Groot Constantia Manor House (self-guided tour)
  • Entrance to the Cloete Cellar (self-guided tour)
  • Wine Tasting of 5 wines
  • Souvenir Spiegelau Crystal Glass
  • Guided Cellar Tour

Take some time and enjoy the 333-year-old Groot Constantia experience, for more information visit

Stay tuned to find out more about our wine adventures as we drift through the wine roads!

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