South Africa’s oldest wine producing farm, Groot Constantia, is celebrating its 333rd year of uninterrupted winemaking with a completely modern way of touring the estate: the launch of three free audio tours. The downloadable self-guided audio tours will enable guests to experience the estate’s many attractions in a new and exciting way – giving them even more reason to visit the Constantia winelands.
Guests can experience the tours by following a specially designed route through the well-known farm before heading out into the breathtaking landscape in the vineyards. Also available are real-life accounts of the estate from travellers who have visited it over history, and a viewing of a rare bottle of Grand Constance wine that was produced in 1821 in the Cloete Cellar – the only play where the wine was ever produced.
Anyone who has a smartphone is able to download the audioguides: Museum Tour, Cellar Tour and Vineyard Tour, and it’s completely free of charge – you don’t have to hold a Visitors Experience ticket to access any of the guides. Developed by VoiceMap – a local Cape Town design that merges tourism with modern technology – the app is a storytelling app that uses your location to automatically play the corresponding audiotape.
Having collectively won more than 100 gold awards for their wine in the past 10 years alone, the estate is a must-visit for locals, tourists and travellers alike. Visitors can expect a vivid history, a stunningly serene setting and tons of wine to be enjoyed.