Vineyard Audio Guide: Deep Roots and Trade Routes
NARRATOR: Hello, and welcome to this walk through the vineyards here at Groot Constantia. You should be standing outside the entrance to the cellar.
I’m going to lead you on a loop through the estate, and together we’ll explore some of the reasons why it is this location that makes Groot Constantia special. We’ll stop in at a historic bath that most visitors never see, and pass by a copse of old, indigenous trees. But our story on this walk is mostly about grapes both white and red, from shoot to flower and berry to raisin.
You can’t see it right now, but there’s a mountain behind the cellar. It’s one part of Table Mountain National Park. On every other side of the estate, you’ll find the busy commuter suburbs of Cape Town.
Balancing the needs of this thriving farm with the natural and urban environments around it is the job of Jean Naude, Groot Constantia’s CEO.
JEAN: Hi I'm Jean Naude, Groot Constantia's CEO. Welcome to this tour of our wonderful estate. If you look at where we’re situated, we’re completely surrounded by the residential areas of Cape Town. And I think we’re the farm with the most neighbours. These neighbours take ownership of the farm. They feel it’s part of their garden.
N: You’ll hear from Jean again soon. For now, let's get going!
Turn your back to the cellar, then walk along the path and down the steps ahead of you.
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