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Visit vineyards with 15-yr-old daughter

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Visit vineyards with 15-yr-old daughter

I'd love to go to the Constantia vineyards when I'm in SA next month, but I'll be with my teenage daughter. Has anyone taken a teenager on this type of tour, and were they interested or bored?

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1. Re: Visit vineyards with 15-yr-old daughter

I am sure interested or bored would be preferable to inebriated!!

The scenery is enough to sustain a non-drinker in my opinion! You could send her shopping at the V&A whilst you go wine-tasting on the other side of the mountain?! You could then meet her for supper perhaps?

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Maybe chose a vineyard with a good place for lunch, which you could both enjoy. Not sure how much a teenager would enjoy visiting wine estates, but the views are stunning. She could always read her book while you are tasting!


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3. Re: Visit vineyards with 15-yr-old daughter

Hi there

If Constantia is the only place that you will be visiting for tasting then you have to get her a book to read. I would rather suggest to go to an estate where there will be entertainment for her as well.

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4. Re: Visit vineyards with 15-yr-old daughter

Are you really set on Constantia? Speer is a winery just outside of Cape Town with a restaurant, and some 'wild' life. They have a cheetah encounter there. There is a train that runs from the Cape Town Station all the way to Speer.

Alternatively, there are plenty of wineries in Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch is a university town and she should be able to hang out there safely, while you visit the wineries.

Personally, I think Speer is your best bet.

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FYI the cheetah encounter is moving away from Spier this month http://www.cheetah.co.za/news_relocation.html and after reading about the recent "encounter" a tourist had with a cheetah in another cheetah-enounter place near Pt. Elizabeth, I would personally not seek out a cheetah encounter for me and my family as I had considered! Here's an article about that, for those who've not yet seen it:


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6. Re: Visit vineyards with 15-yr-old daughter

Of course it depends upon the 15 year old but I don't think that for an hour or two travelling round the Constantia wineries there is likely to be much of a problem. Firstly let me confirm that your daughter will be allowed onto the premises and if she is like many 15 year old girls that don't look 15 then she may well be offered a tasting especially if she is with parents. I appreciate that may not be what you want to hear so apart from wine is there is anything else to do at Constantia wineries? well, YES

Firstly as Lisa has mentioned many of the Constantia wineries have great restaurants and in summer some provide picnics. Groot Constantia has an excellent museum, admittedly mainly about wine-making in Constantia but it also has some interesting general historical exhibits including some lovely old and original Cape Dutch farm buildings. Steenberg is a lot more than just a winery - would a game of golf be your daughters cup of tea? It could be arranged, at a price, in advance. But perhaps the main reason your daughter might enjoy the Constantia wineries is that some of them have the most beautiful views - I suggest Constantia Glen might be the winner on that score but almost all of them are scenic

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7. Re: Visit vineyards with 15-yr-old daughter

Might want to consider Fairview Winery, they have a friendly goat outside and cheese tasting that I assume your 15 year old could participate in. See link (w/pictures).


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