Southern Vines is excited to welcome the brand new Constantia Valley Tourism Office to the Southern Suburbs family. With a wine-making history dating back to 1685, a wide variety of restaurants, and picture perfect scenery, Constantia is one of the area’s gems and we can’t wait to see what else is on offer.
Hailey Donald and Jooles Kilbride are long-time residents of the Constantia Valley, and have always worked with the local tourism and hospitality industries. Completely in love with the region’s lifestyle, landscape and friends, they recently started Constantia Valley Tourism Office, which has given them the opportunity to share their passion for the beautiful area with guests from around the world. Whether you love good food and wine, a scenic stroll, or are tempted to try something new, they told us what not to miss on a visit to the valley…
A few favourite things
When it comes to getting out and about, Jooles can’t get enough of the great outdoors, and she doesn’t have to go far to get her fix of fresh air and gorgeous surroundings. “Being someone who loves running and hiking with friends, I really do feel spoilt for choice here,” she says. Hailey, on the other hand, really loves the range of fresh and organic produce that’s so easily available in the area, and visits local markets regularly.
Wining and dining
Jooles and Hailey are both avid food and wine lovers, so living in a region that boasts an outstanding award-winning wine route, and is home to two of the Eat Out Restaurant Awards top ten restaurants in South Africa, is bliss! “What we really love is that there is something for every mood. It is no lie to say that we very rarely leave the valley when it comes to socialising,” says Jooles. Hailey agrees: “We have loads of hidden gems in the Constantia area, which are great for grabbing a coffee with friends or a breakfast with my boyfriend, especially when the sun is out.”
The ideal weekend
For the perfect weekend in the valley, Hailey suggests starting with an early walk through the vineyards or greenbelts followed by a coffee and breakfast at one of the local restaurants. With ten wine farms to choose from, an afternoon of wine-tasting is a must. Every farm has its own character, so choose one that best meets your style. “If you’re feeling adventurous, there is also zip lining, a bike park and hiking tours,” adds Hailey. If shopping is more your thing, browse one of the numerous boutiques for jewellery, clothes, handmade furniture or decor. She suggests ending the day with a glass of top quality wine, and a local cheese and charchuterie board as the sun sets over the beautiful landscape.
What’s on in Constantia?
FOR THE FOOD LOVER
Earth Fair Market
With over 40 traders, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to fresh produce and tasty treats. Open very Wednesday 3pm to 8:30pm and Saturday 9am to 2pm.
FOR THE ENERGETIC
Constantia Park Run
Park Run is a free, weekly 5km run on the Constantia Greenbelt held every Saturday morning at 8am. It’s open to anyone and the route is a beautiful trail near trees and streams.
FOR THE COLLECTOR
Alphen Antiques & Collectables Market
Every second and fourth Sunday of the month, this market is held at the Alphen Community Centre Hall.
For more information on wine farms, accommodation, restaurants, shops, services and more ideas for things to do in Constantia, visit Constantia Valley Tourism at constantiavalley.com or call 076 742 5366.