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Constantia is an affluent suburb of Cape Town, South Africa, situated about 15 kilometres south of the centre of Cape Town. The Constantia Valley lies to the east of and at the foot of the Constantiaberg mountain. Constantia Nek is a low pass linking to Hout Bay in the west.

Constantia is one of the oldest suburbs of Cape Town and is famed for its wine. The estate of Groot Constantia (Great Constantia) was established in 1684 by the Dutch Colonial Governor of Cape Town, Simon van der Stel, and other notable wine farms in the area include Buitenverwachting (Beyond Expectations), Klein Constantia (Small Constantia) and Constantia Uitsig (Constantia Outlook). Before the twentieth century, the region was noted for its exports of Constantia, a sweet dessert wine. Many years ago the trade was crippled by the arrival in the Cape of a parasite that attacked the vines.

Mark Thatcher, the son of Margaret Thatcher and Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer, the brother of the late Princess Diana, both lived in Constantia.

 

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