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17 Aug

The Groot Constantia Experience

This weekend I went to Groot Constantia with my bff and ultimate plus 1, Tanya. We were invited by the Groot Constantia team to come and experience a day of pampering and relaxation.

I was so incredibly chuffed with the service and general lekkerness of Groot Constantia. From their chocolate and wine pairing to the cute geese in the pond outside – I loved it all.

Check out what we got up to below.

Chocolate and Wine Pairing:
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We started the day off with a chocolate and wine pairing. We started drinking at 10:30 in the morning, because I believe in always living my best life – no matter what time of the day it is.

The chocolate and wine pairing is pretty much one of the top 10 tastiest things I’ve ever done in my life. I never knew that two of my favourite things could go so well together! We got 5 different wines and chocolates – my favourite was the Groot Constantia Chardonnay.

The tasting room is filled with beautiful art, and for that reason alone it’s totally worth a visit!

The chocolate and wine pairing is only R80.00 per person. #SoWorthIt

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Neck and shoulder massage at Mangwanani

After getting our wine on at the tasting room, we paid Mangwanani a visit for a much-anticipated neck and shoulder massage.




Now, let me just stop right here and explain something. In 2013 I went for a massage for the first time in my life and I was TRAUMATISED. I was so freaked out afterwards that I ended up writing a blog about it, which you can view here.

So I was rather reluctant to go for a massage, because I was scared of having sleepless nights again.

I’m really happy to report that it was AMAZING. I enjoyed it so much that I’m already planning my next massage. I think it’s because the ladies of Mangwanani were just so nice and professional. Here’s a pic of me after my massage – isn’t that just the face of true happiness?!





A healing African massage is R100 per 30 minutes treatment.
And an Express Mani is R150
(Please note this is only for August as part of Women’s Month)

Picnic at Simon’s Deli

By this time Tanya and I were ravenous, so we were super excited about going to Simon’s Deli for a picnic. We’d heard great things about their picnics, but we weren’t prepared for the amazingness that ensued…




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The picnic basket included a delicious baguette, a variety of cheeses, fruit salad, potato salad, a green salad, salami (my fave thing in the world) and the most delicious chocolate brownies. It was absolutely incredible – I was in heaven!

The best part about Groot Constantia is that you can have a proper meal after visiting the tasting room. So many wine farms get it wrong by only serving teeny tiny tapas, or snacks such as biltong. When I’ve had a glass of wine or two, I’m always incredibly hungry afterwards and I want to be able to eat something substantial. At Groot Constantia you can either visit Simon’s Deli, or Simon’s Restaurant – depending on how hungry you are.

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Cost of the picnic is R170.00 per person (basket serves 2 people so R340.00 per basket ) So in total it’s only R340 for all that food!

Bookings on: (021) 794 1143

Overall I was very impressed with Groot Constantia – it’s the perfect place to spend your Saturday. From wine tasting to cellar tours, you will be entertained every minute of the day!

Opening Times

7 days a week, including public holidays
Closed only on Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Wine tasting:
Open from 9h00 until 17h30 (sales until 18h00).

Cellar tours:
Every hour on the hour starting at 10h00 and the last at 16h00.
Email: [email protected]

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