As you move around the eastern face of Table Mountain, you enter a world of vineyards and oak trees. Here lies Groot Constantia, South Africa's oldest country estate. Orginally built in the early 1700's by the then governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, today it is a state-owned winery. Magnificient trees touch the ground in welcome. We did a wine tasting, everyone sat at long tables and tried various white wines. We were given sheets on which to rate them. A great place to bring back some African souveniers that won't land in a garage sale, I can promise you that! Admittedly, they have a long way to catch up to France or Napa, but it was a pleasant experience. The grounds are simply breath-taking, those politicians know how to live!!
Outside, there are tables and benches in which to continue enjoying the bottles you purchase. A gabled manorhouse, it is a joy to explore and discover the history between its walls.