Museum Audio Guide: Home to South African Wine

    Groot constantia museum guide
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    16 Jan 2018
    Clock 60min      Length0mi
    24 ratings

    Tourdescription About the audio tour

    This audio guide brings Groot Constantia's historic precinct to life, taking you back to the complex time at the root of South African winemaking.

    You'll meet Thys van der Merwe, who has made the estate's inheritance his life's work. There are adventurers and brilliant businesspeople along the way too, as well as exiled rebels and slaves from both Africa and Asia. They may have been brought here against their will, but they helped make Groot Constantia what it is today.

    You’ll also hear the accounts of travellers like you. This has been one of Cape Town’s foremost destinations for centuries, and the men and women who visited the estate left behind vivid descriptions that highlight what has changed, but also how much has stayed the same.

    **The majority of this tour is inside the Manor House, and you’ll need to present a Visitors Route ticket at its entrance. You can purchase these online, through Webtickets, or at a number of places at Groot Constantia.**


    Narrator: Adrian Galley
    James Holman: Gary Morris
    Quince Jelly reader and Drawing Room reader: Claire van den Heever
    Newsreader: Iain Manley
    Hendrik Cloete: Floricius Beukes


    Thys van der Merwe
    Jean Naude
    Maghdie Sadien
    Aubrey Springveld
    Moses Jafta


    Joseph Haydn - London Trios, No.1 in C major - I. Allegro Moderato II. Andante
    Joseph Haydn - London Trios, No.3 in G major - I. Spiritoso., II. Andante, III. Allegro
    Georg Philipp Telemann - Sonata for Viola da Gamba
    Vivaldi - Concerto for Two Trumpets in C Major
    United States Marine Band - Emperor's Maneuver
    Cornelius Schuyt - Bewaert Heer Hollandt
    Johann Sebastian Bach - Prelude & Fugue in D major, BWV 850

    Majorlandmarks Major Landmarks

    Startingpoint Directions to starting point

    This tour starts outside the Manor House, at the beginning of the Groot Constantia Visitors Route.

    Tips Tips

    Places to stop along the way:

    Manor House Entrance, Dining Hall, Kitchen, Master Bedroom, Study, Entrance Hall, Drawing Room, Back Stairs, Courtyard Ponds, Cloete Cellar

    Best time of day:

    The Manor House is open from 10:00 to 17:00 daily.


    Please stay within the roped area and refrain from touching the displays.

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