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The Constantia Wine Farms, Winetasting in Cape City

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Do you wish to go wine tasting within the hart of Cape City? Positioned solely a 15 minute drive from the Cape City metropolis middle the spectacular suburb Constantia presents a wine route internet hosting the oldest wine farms in South Africa. The Constantia Valley Wine Route has a improbable choice of wine farms, beautiful views, scrumptious meals and off target award-winning wines. Wine tasting in Constantia is likely one of the hottest Things to do in Cape City.  The Wine of Origin District ‘Cape City’ accommodates a complete of 30 wine farms and is split into the wards Constantia, Durbanville, Philadelphia and Hout Bay. For a wonderful various wine tasting path to Constantia, go to the gorgeous Durbanville Wine Route simply exterior Cape City. If you’re a fan of white wine, the Sauvignon Blanc wines polished by the ocean breeze of the close by Atlantic Ocean within the Cape City district will not be too miss. A purple Bordeaux mix is a mix of two or extra of the basic Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. The Bordeaux blends created in Constantia Valley is an actual deal with and we had a improbable time tasting our manner round a few of the greatest Bordeaux’s in South Africa, high notch, worldwide high quality. Constantia was well-known for candy dessert wines 300 years in the past and the trendy dessert wines nonetheless produced within the area is a deal with, style the wine that initially put the Cape on the map!

Spectacular views of the Constantia wine valley from the Constantia Glen wine estate.
Spectacular views of the Constantia wine valley from the Constantia Glen wine property.

The Breedekloof Wine Route situated about an hours drive from Cape City is a improbable ‘off the crushed monitor’ wine tasting experience. Within the breathtaking Du Toitskloof mountains you’ll be able to nonetheless meet winemakers, pay little or no and have a extra intimate experience.

Constantia, just a little little bit of historical past.

In 1685 the federal government of the Netherlands granted governor Simon Van Der Stel land of his alternative within the Cape. He chosen a wonderful space with numerous agricultural potential and planted 10,00Zero vines. The origins of the title is in dispute, the 2 most possible tales are that the farm was named after the VOC ship “Constantia” which was at one stage anchored in Desk Bay, or that Van der Stel named the farm after the daughter of the Commissioner Rijckloff van Goens that initially granted him the farm. Following Van del Stel’s loss of life in 1712 the unique Constantia farm was divided into three farms, Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia and Bergvliet. The unique Cape Dutch-style manor home is situated on Groot Constantia. A number of farms had been added to the wine valley through the years; Buitenverwachting in 1796, Klein Constantia in 1823, Eagles’ Nest and Silvermist in 1984, Constantia Glen in 2000 and Beau Constantia in 2002.

The city Stellenbosch was discovered by and named after the legendary Simon van der Stel and is round a 45 minute drive from Cape City. The world well-known Stellenbosch Wine Route include greater than 150 wine farms and is one other stunning space to not miss within the Cape Winelands.

Within the early days Constantia made a huge impact on the world market with its acclaimed Constantia dessert wines (identified world extensive as Constantia Wyn) loved by a number of notable historic characters similar to Frederick the Nice of Prussia, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Napoleon Bonaparte within the seventeen a whole bunch. The liked dessert wine made at Constantia 300 years in the past is recreated on Groot Constantia and Klein Constantia right this moment.

Sights on the Constantia Wine Route

Wine tasting will not be all about wine, another components to contemplate when planning your tasting route:

  • Greatest views – Beau Constantia and Constantia Glen
  • Superior cup of espresso – Espresso BloC at Buitenverwacht
  • Favourite Snack – Flammkuchen at Constantia Glenn or Artisan Cheese Platter with freshly baked bread at Eagle’s Nest
  • Adrenaline exercise – The Bike Park at Constantia Uitsig
  • Be taught one thing about historical past – Self-guided property tour of the Groot Constantia property with a telephone app.
  • Household day – number of wonderful handmade produce, from sushi to ice-cream on the Heritage Market Constantia Uitsig.
  • Spa – wish to get pampered? go to the cutting-edge spa at Steenberg.

Superb Constantia Wine Farms

Beau Constantia

‘Beau Constantia is a boutique wine farm located on the high of Constantia Nek with spectacular views of the Constantia Valley all the way in which to False Bay and the Helderberg Mountains. The superbly designed venue blends good with the pure setting and the entire property is actually one thing particular with even a soccer discipline within the vineyards. It’s wonderful that this award profitable farm, in such a well-known winemaking space, is so younger. Pierre and Cecily Du Preez purchased the land in 2002 and began planting the vineyards the next 12 months. The Vineyards are planted as much as an elevation of 350 meters on steep slopes. The design of the trendy cellar is spectacular.

Don’t miss the ‘lavatory with a view’, one-way glass ends in an excellent view of the vineyards when utilizing the restrooms.

Need to show-off Cape City? You can’t go fallacious by taking your friends to one of the vital stunning farms in South Africa.

The Beautiful tasting venue at Beau Constantia with fantastic views blends perfectly into the natural environment.
The Lovely tasting venue at Beau Constantia with improbable views blends completely into the pure setting.

Wine Tasting at Beau Constantia

The Beau Constantia tasting room is one among our favourite tasting venues in all the Cape Winelands, the views whereas tasting are improbable you’ll be able to even see the seaside city Hangklip on a pleasant day! Tasting is obtainable inside or outside. The views the place not the one factor we loved, the wines had been nice.

A number of the wines had been named after relations. The Pas de Nom vary of wines was devoted to farm supervisor Japie Bronn who performed an enormous function in establishing Beau Constantia. Japie is a humble man and didn’t need his title on the bottle, so it was named Pas de Nom (no title) with an image of him together with his signature beard on the bottle. Worth of the tasting is R100 for Four wines. Our favourite was the Lucca (2016) Bordeaux mix of Merlot and Cabernet Franc with cherry and plum aromas. We liked the Pas de nom MCC, 100% Chardonnay with a wealthy, creamy yeasty aroma. This standard tasting room can get very busy and reserving is advisable.

Award profitable wines to not miss – Beau Constantia Stella 2017 (Shiraz), Beau Constantia Lucca 2016 (Pink Mix)

Awesome view over the vineyards from the 'Loo with a view' at Beau Constantia
Superior view over the vineyards from the ‘Lavatory with a view’ at Beau Constantia

Restaurant at Beau Constantia

Beau Constantia is residence to the favored Chef’s Warehouse, dine with the very best view in Cape City. This standard wonderful eating restaurant provide a seasonal, produce-driven menu that adjustments often. Lunch service is from 12.00 till 14.30, from 17.30 till 19.30, Wednesday to Saturday and lunch solely on Sundays. Reserve

Things To Do at Beau Constantia

Craft beer and gin tasting have turn out to be a really fashionable factor in South Africa. Collaborating with  Man Munton Personal Artisanal Distiller, Beau Constantia produce some wonderful Gin. The farm additionally promote craft beer and cider from Darling Breweries and Cluver & Jack Cider.

Buitenverwachting

The Lovely wine farm Buitenverwachting is situated on the east-facing slopes of Constantiaberg solely a few kilometers from False Bay. The right place to eat, drink and benefit from the summer time solar, with a mouth-watering platter on the rolling lawns of this wonderful wine farm within the Constantia Valley surrounded by 250-year-old timber.

The title Buitenverwachting is Dutch for “Past Expectation”. The farm initially shaped a part of Groot Constania based by Simon van der Stel, first Governor of the Dutch Cape Colony. It was offered as an unbiased farm to Cornelis Brink in 1773 and was purchased by the Mueller household in 1980. They did a improbable job of restoring the historic buildings and established the vineyards via in depth planting.

Buitenverwachting has a wonderful espresso store and deli. High-quality espresso even roasting their very own beans. A brand new wonderful eating restaurant is busy opening on the premises, exiting occasions!

Wine tasting on the terrace overlooking the outstretched lawns of Buitenverwachting.
Alya tasting wine on the terrace overlooking the outstretched lawns of Buitenverwachting.

Wine Tasting at Buitenverwachting

The tasting venue is the historic thatch roofed Buitenverwachting cellar. The cellar makes for a really good tasting venue. The world is gorgeous with the previous Dutch colonial fashion constructing, large garden and enormous timber, however there are not any views of the encompassing wine valley. It was a pleasant sunny day and we had an excellent tasting on the terrace overlooking the outstretched lawns. The tasting assistant had good information of the wines and the world. There was just one tasting possibility for R60 ($4), which included three white wines, a Bordeaux mix and a rose. The world is well-known for Sauvignon Blanc wines, however our clear favourite was the wooded Chardonnay and a bottle of this wealthy wine with hints of butterscotch went residence with us. We don’t usually drink rose, however liked the Buitenverwachting 2020 rose, this Blanc de Noir ‘Bordeaux Mix’ had sturdy peach and strawberry flavours. If you wish to take residence a effectively priced white wine for on a regular basis consuming, the Buitenblanc a mix of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Chenin Blanc is nice worth for cash and nice for a sunny summer time braai. Informal charcuterie platters with recent baguettes can be found to eat whereas tasting on the garden.

Award profitable wines to attempt – Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Buitenverwachting ‘1769’ 2017 (Noble Late Harvest, 500ml)

  • Reservations (021) 794 5190/1
  • Wine tasting Monday – Saturday: 10h00 – 16h00
  • Buitenverwachting is closed on Sundays

Restaurant at Buitenverwachting

Peter Tempelhoff, chef-patron of FYN Restaurant in Cape City is busy opening a brand new wonderful eating restaurant at Buitenverwachting on the time of writing (December 2020). The restaurant might be headed up by chef  Julia du Toit, additionally of FYN.

Having our caffeine boost Coffee-BloC-at-Buitenverwacht they roast the beans on site. at
Having our caffeine increase at Espresso BloC at Buitenverwachting they roast the beans on web site.

Espresso at Buitenverwachting

Buitenverwachting’s Espresso store, Espresso BloC, presents quite a lot of artisan coffees constituted of beans they roast recent on web site. We’re just a little bit espresso snobs and had been proud of our caffeine repair made with the beans from native roaster Warren Machanik.

A small breakfast menu as effectively and a few pastries and truffles are additionally out there.

COFFEE BLOC TIMES: Monday to Saturday – 8h00 to 17h00

Espresso BloC Tel : 021 794 5190/1

Constantia Glen

Positioned on the slopes of the Constantiaberg mountain, under Constantia Nek, Constantia Glen is a wonderful boutique wine farm with unreal views of the encompassing wine valley. One of the simplest ways I can describe the wine tasting at at this superior farm is ‘tremendous impressed’, with all the pieces – the wines, the venue and the unreal views. Sitting on the verandah surrounded by vineyards overlooking the wine valley we had a improbable morning consuming a Flammkuchen for brunch and tasting some nice wines.

The Waibel household from Austria purchased the land in 1960, it was by no means a wine farm, they planted the primary winery in 2001 and renamed the farm from Glen Alpine to Constantia Glen in 2005 after the primary harvest. Right this moment, solely 15 years later, Constantia Glen boasts with 29 hectares of vineyards and it’s an award profitable wine farm and in my view probably the most stunning within the Constantia wine valley.

Constantia Glen - tasting wine and eating a delicious Flamkuchen at the beautiful farm.
Constantia Glen – tasting wine and consuming a scrumptious Flamkuchen on the stunning farm.

Wine Tasting at Constantia Glen

The venue is improbable, the previous stables contained in the vineyards has unreal views all the way in which to ocean, whether or not you select to take a seat inside or exterior. Our tasting assistant was nice with plenty of information in regards to the wines, the historical past of the farms and gave us good ideas for surrounding farms to go to. There have been a number of tasting choices. The Flagship tasting was Four wines (R90/$6) we went for this feature; a Sauvignon Blanc, two Bordeaux blends and a white mix and the place very proud of our alternative. The Full Home tasting contains 7 wines (R120). There may be additionally a Pink wine tasting, White wine tasting and a Van Wyk Household wine tasting out there. The grapes for the wines within the Household Wine tasting had been all sourced from different places and vinification passed off on the farm. The wines had been all a bit expensive, however we liked all 4 wines and deciding what to purchase was not straightforward. The names of the wines are quite simple, every wine was named the variety of cultivars making up the mix. Constantia Glen Two is a white wine constituted of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, mild oak and tropical fruit flavors made this an excellent wine. Constantia Glen Three (2017) and Constantia Glen 5 (2016) are two premium purple Bordeaux blends. 5 was a extra advanced wine, however we liked the graceful three and took a bottle residence for our subsequent steak braai!

A wide range of platters can be found if you wish to snack on one thing throughout your wine tasting. This can be a improbable location to point out off Cape City whereas having fun with a tasting and share a platter snacks.

I’ll suggest you e-book a tasting, this stunning venue could be very standard.

Award profitable wine to style – Constantia Glen 5 2015 (Pink Mix), Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sitting basically in the vineyards tasting wine, the views at Constantia Glen was our favorite on the Constantia wine route.
Sitting mainly within the vineyards tasting wine, the views at Constantia Glen was our favourite on the Constantia wine route.

Restaurant at Constantia Glen

Mainly sitting contained in the winery, surrounded by towering mountains you’ll wrestle to search out lunch with a greater view. The restaurant serves Platters, Flammkuchen, Mains, Salads and Desserts, it isn’t a wonderful eating restaurant (making it reasonably priced). A number of the mains on the menu included; fillet, tuna, a beef burger, trout rosti and a vegan mushroom burger. We had the ‘winemakers Flammkuchen (skinny based mostly woodfired pizza), it was nice for breakfast with boerewors items (native sausage) and eggs among the many toppings.

Reserve a desk  +27(0)21 795 5639 or  [email protected].

Constantia Uitsig

Positioned between the east-facing slopes of Constantia berg and False Bay, Constantia Uitsig is a singular and busy property that has been making wine for 300 years. While you arrive you’ll be able to’t miss the massive trendy glass wine cellar, seeing the barrels and all of the wine making motion via the partitions. Tasting, consuming and buying takes place at Heritage Market, a strolling lane lined by charming white restored laborer’s cottages that host a spread of artisan craft producers together with sushi, slow-churned ice cream, delux goodies, craft beer, glorious single-origin espresso and extra high quality merchandise to style. The favored working farm with its peaceable ambiance and improbable views host quite a lot of venues and actions together with the favored Block Home kitchen and ‘The Bike Park’ mountain bike park designed and constructed for all ranges and ages by earlier South African Mountain Bike Champ Chris Nixon.

The beautiful glass cellar at Constantia Uitsig on this awesome estate.
The attractive glass cellar at Constantia Uitsig on this superior property.

Constantia Uitsig was a part of the unique farm Constantia based by Simon Van der Stel in 1685. Over time Constantia Uitsig was a part of Bergvliet, Buitenverwachting and in the end Constantia View. The title Constantia View was modified in 1941 to the present title of the farm Constantia Uitsig.

Wine Tasting at Constantia Uitsig

The brand new Constantia Uitsig Cellar is an enormous, stunning glass constructing seen when getting into the property. Wine tastings are nevertheless performed on the wine store, one of many charming white cottages, on the Heritage Market.

The preferred cultivars grown in Uitsig embody Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay. There is just one tasting possibility out there for R60 together with Four wines. We actually loved the Natura Vista (a semillon/sauvignon blanc mix) and the Constantia Pink a wonderful Bordeaux mix. Artisanal cheese and charcuterie platters can be found with the tasting.

Award profitable wine to style – Semillon 2018

Constantia Uitsig Heritage Market

Go to the Heritage Market with cozy retailers for some high quality handmade produce.

The Sushi Field, created by famend chef Christo Bornman, a relaxed, upmarket sushi experience.

Kristen’s Kick Ass Ice Cream – following our tasting we had an kick-ass ice cream at Kristen’s, a baked cone with a scoop of salted caramel and a scoop of darkish chocolate and low ice cream. It was an enormous ice cream, scrumptious. The whole lot is handmade from scratch – even the marshmallows, cookies and different condiments. Strive freshly-made waffles, doughnuts, cookies and extra!

Nest-Deli – we had a wonderful breakfast and nice espresso at Nest-Delhi. In addition they serve mild lunches and truffles.

Aegir Mission Ale Home have a variety of craft beers on the market.

Tasting, eat and shop your way around the Heritage Market at Constantia Uitsig, a walking lane lined by charming white restored laborer's  cottages that host a range of artisan craft producers.
Style, eat and store your manner across the Heritage Market at Constantia Uitsig, a strolling lane lined by charming white restored laborer’s cottages that host a spread of artisan craft producers.

The Bike Park at Constantia Uitsig

The Bike Park hosts quite a lot of trails and obstacles to enhance the bike dealing with expertise of cyclists of all ranges and ages. Challenges within the park embody a difficult monitor, filth leap traces, rock gardens, slender suspended paths, sand pit, drop offs and an superior skybridge.

Bike leases, ability teaching, repairs and a motorbike store is out there on the premises.

The Bike Park is open 09H00-17H00 7 days per week. Bike Park Reserving important

Eating places at Constantia Uitsig

There are three eating places at Constantia Uitsig; Nest Deli, La Grotto Ristorante and The Blockhouse Kitchen.

La Grotto Ristorante prepares genuine Italian dishes together with Pizzas, Pastas, Seafood and Veal all made by hand utilizing natural substances. Open Tuesday – Saturday: Lunch and dinner : 09:00-21:00
Sunday: Lunch : 12:00-17:00 Bookings – 021 205 5622

The Blockhouse Kitchen is a relaxed and casual restaurant specializing in seasonal, native produce. They work with sustainable meals and solely comply with moral preparation practices. The Blockhouse Kitchen presents breakfast, lunch or dinner. The menu features a vary of excessive finish burgers, pastas, fish, lamb and pork dishes.

Breakfast and Lunch, Monday to Sunday, dinner Wednesday to Saturday Bookings – +27 21 794 3010 or [email protected]

Nest-Deli provide single-origin coffees, breakfasts, mild lunches and truffles on the Heritage market.

Eagle’s Nest

Nestled on the high of Constantia Nek Go, with vineyards unfold out throughout the slopes of Constantia Mountain, Eagles Nest is barely 10.5 km from the nice and cozy False Bay coast line. The attractive tasting space with lush lawns and enormous timber is improbable to take pleasure in a wine tasting and one thing to snack on in a relaxed ambiance. We ate a scrumptious platter right here, I can strongly suggest the cheese board. In the event you like purple wines this can be a nice farm to go to, they produce some high notch Shiraz and Merlot wines.

Eagles’ Nest was initially a part of Groot Constantia. The farm had a number of homeowners through the years and was purchased by the Mylrea household in 1984, the main focus to wine manufacturing at Eagle’s nest solely occurred in 2000.

The the Artisan Cheese Platter on the lush lawns of Eagle's nest was one of our favorites.
The the Artisan Cheese Platter on the plush lawns of Eagle’s nest was one among our favorites.

Wine Tasting at Eagle’s Nest

We had a improbable morning tasting wine on the tranquil setting within the backyard at Eagle’s Nest. The backyard surroundings is gorgeous, a effectively saved garden and terrace with tasting benches underneath the large timber. As a result of the tasting space is hidden in a forest of big timber there isn’t any view of the encompassing vineyards and Constantia valley. The tasting price is R85 together with 5 wines. Our favourite was the Eagle’s Nest Shiraz (2016) a improbable wine with blackcurrant, blueberries, licorice and white pepper flavors. We loved the Viognier (2018) with citrus and peach notes and had been impressed by the straightforward consuming 2016 Merlot with cherry and berry fruit flavors. We liked the Artisan Cheese Platter (R215/$15), with beneficiant cheese cuts and the star was the wonderful freshly baked bread, we purchased an additional roll. They provided quite a lot of platters.

Award profitable wines to attempt – Eagle’s Nest Viognier 2018, Eagle’s Nest Merlot 2015, Eagle’s Nest Shiraz 2016

Groot Constantia

Groot Constantia is the oldest wine producing farm in South Africa, established in 1685 by the VOC Governor of the Cape of Good Hope, Simon van der Stel. The vineyards of Groot Constantia are situated on the jap facet of Desk Mountain with the property overlooking False Bay.

The oldest wine property in South Africa is likely one of the ‘should go to websites’ in Cape City with loads of thrilling actions. Go on a guided or self-guided tour with the telephone app. Go to the property museum, vineyards and artwork gallery or get one thing to eat on the two high notch eating places, Simon’s and the Jonkershuis underneath big oak timber on the famed Manor Home.

Simon Van der Stel, with each Simonstown and Stellenbosch named after him, might select any place within the Cape to determine his farm. He was fairly a viticulturist for 1685 with wine making experience and picked up soil samples everywhere in the province. Primarily based on wine making potential and pure magnificence he picked the placement located behind Desk Mountain to determine this necessary farm.

Groot Constantia was used to provide wine in addition to different fruit and greens and cattle farming. After Van der Stel’s loss of life in 1712 the property was break up in three components: Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia and Bergvliet.

Jonkershuis, dine under huge oak trees at the famed Manor House
Jonkershuis, dine underneath big oak timber on the famed Manor Home.

Hendrik Cloete, a later proprietor, is the person that actually made Constantia wine world-renowned.  Cloete enlarged and improved the pretty plain home of Van der Stel on Groot Constantia, changing it into a wonderful country-house and constructing the famend Cloete cellar.

Wine Tasting at Groot Constantia

Groot Constantia has three totally different tasting rooms, the underside cellar on the entrance of the Property with a wide array of native artwork, the highest cellar near Simon’s restaurant and the historic Cloete Cellar the place Grand Constance is made.

We tasted on the high cellar. The tasting room was small however practical, you’ll be able to style on the bar or round wine barrels within the tasting room. Sadly there isn’t any exterior tasting or any views of the gorgeous Groot Constantia wine property.

To your tasting, you’ve got an possibility of ten wines, from which you’ll be able to select any 5, the pourings are beneficiant and we shared a tasting. We liked the Gouverneurs Reserve (2017), a wonderful Bordeaux mix with darkish chocolate and darkish fruit aromas and the spicey Shiraz (2017) with liquorish notes of which we purchased a bottle, I’ll attempt to hold it for a 12 months or so (however that’s extremely unlikely!)

Constantia Wyn was made by Van der Stel on Constantia within the late 1600s, it was liked by emperors and kings 18th and 19th centuries, from Frederick the Nice of Prussia to King Louis Phillipe of France and celebrated by Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. Modern-day Grand Constance will not be low-cost at R771/$51 for a 375ml bottle, however an actual deal with. The Groot Constantia Grand Constance is constituted of Muscat d’Frontignan. The grapes are left on the vine to dessicate till it’s near being raisins. After fermentation the wine is matured in oak, with out fortification. White Muscat is mixed with just a little purple Muscat, giving a this dessert wine a wonderful amber color.

Grand Constance was very talked-about in Napoleon’s period and the primary classic was relaunched within the trendy period in 2005, made by award profitable wine maker Boela Gerber. Ask properly on the tasting, it isn’t included within the tasting, however we requested our host and we had been fortunate with an open bottle, it’s actually one thing particular.

At Groot Constantia we tasted the Grand Constance 2016, the wine that was so popular in Napoleon's era
At Groot Constantia we tasted the Grand Constance 2016, the wine that was so standard in Napoleon’s period

After tasting at Groot Constantia you’ll be able to take your crystal glass residence as a memento. There’s a wine and chocolate pairing on provide with goodies created to go with the wines.

Award profitable wines to attempt – Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Groot Constantia Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Things to do at Groot Constantia

This can be a massive property with many things to see. Do a guided tour or comply with the Guests Route. This round route may be explored with the assistance of free smartphone apps. Obtain the telephone apps and uncover hidden gems on the property throughout a self-guided tour, there are three free audio strolling excursions you’ll be able to obtain! On the route, discover the unique Cape Dutch Manor Home, go to the well-known Cloete Cellar the place Grand Constance was made, discover the wine museum and cultural historical past museum.

Obtain the Groot Constantia Guests Route app

Eating places at Groot Constantia

Groot Constantia has two well-known eating places on web site: Jonkershuis and Simon’s.

Jonkershuis Constantia is within the middle of the Groot Constantia Wine Property subsequent to the historic Homestead and surrounded by historic oak timber. The restaurant serves decadent breakfasts and lunches subsequent to the fireplace place in winter or underneath the traditional oak timber on a pleasant summers day.

Tel: 021-794 6255 |  [email protected]

Simon’s restaurant has relaxed Al Fresco or A La Carte meals and particular out of doors picnics. They serve a mixture of basic and distinctive dishes together with Sluggish Roasted Lamb Shoulder, Braised Pork Stomach, Burgers, Traditional Fish & Chips or vegetarian choices.

Tel: 021 794 1143 | Electronic mail: [email protected] 

Klein Constantia

With a improbable setting on the Constantia mountain slopes, Klein Constantia has the proper setting for producing high quality wine and has picturesque vistas over False Bay and the Constantia valley. Klein means ‘small’ and Klein Constantia was a part of the huge Constantia property based in 1685 till 1712. The property was shaped in 1712 upon Van der Stel’s loss of life when Constantia was divided into Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia and Bergvliet. It’s a stunning wine property and to completely admire it you’ve got the choice of taking a guided cellar or winery tour, exhibiting you the particular little things vacationers don’t at all times see.  Like its large brother Groot Constantia (Groot is Huge in Afrikaans), Klein Constantia can be famed for producing one of many world’s greatest pure candy wines, Vin de Constance.

The beautiful vineyards of Klein Consantia estate.
The attractive vineyards of Klein Consantia property.

Wine Tasting at Klein Constantia

Klein Constantia has a pleasant tasting room with a casual ambiance a few kilometer’s drive up a slender street from the farm entrance. I liked that you may see into the cellar throughout tasting, however the tasting room doesn’t have any views of the Constantia valley. Upon entry there are some effectively offered details in regards to the historical past of the farms on the Constantia wine routes. A big glass panel means that you can see contained in the cellar whereas having fun with your tasting with a view over the barrels and tanks inside this legendary cellar. The tasting assistant was useful and will reply our questions relating to the wines and the historical past of the farm.

A number of tasting choices can be found, a Traditional tasting (R100/$6.55) consisting of 5 wines together with a flagship purple mix, sauvignon blanc and desert wine, or you’ll be able to go for the premium tasting (R200/$13) that provided the usual tasting wines and a Chardonnay, a Riesling and a MCC. We actually loved the Constantia Property Pink Mix (2017) and the Anwilka (2015) Cab/Shiraz mix. The Anwilka grapes had been sourced from the Anwilka vineyards, their sister farm in Stellenbosch, a hotter area identified for high quality Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz grapes.

The Signature Sauvignon Blanc tasting (R300/$20) contains 5 totally different Sauvignon Blancs together with some restricted and unreleased wines.

The meals and wine pairing (R250/$17)together with 5 wines paired with an mixture of native cheeses, pâtés & nougat.

Vin de Constance tasting (R300/$20) – style three library vintages of this iconic wine alongside the present releases. The legendary candy wines of Constantia was made right here on the unique Constantia property. Within the trendy period Klein Constantia was the primary to try to relaunch the favored Constantia Wyn, liked by Napoleon, Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. Winemaker Adam Mason labored with teachers to recreate this legendary wine. Klein Constantia is world-renowned for its revival of Vin de Constance that it launched in 1986. This historic candy wine is one thing distinctive and it’s nice that this expensive dessert wine can be included in each tasting choices.

Art exhibition at the Klein Constantia cellar.
Artwork exhibition on the Klein Constantia cellar.

Award profitable wines to not miss – Klein Constantia Vin de Constance Pure Candy 2016, Klein Constantia Brut 2016 (MCC)

Restaurant at Klein Constantia

The Bistro at Klein Constantia is situated subsequent to the tasting room underneath the Jacaranda timber and deal with recent regionally sourced seasonal substances. Cordon Bleau chef Graham Davies goals to showcase the wealthy culinary historical past of South Africa together with his sturdy European affect.

[email protected] +27 21 794 5188

Things To Do at Klein Constantia

There are a few good excursions together with tastings out there on the property.

Klein Constantia Cellar Tour and Property Tasting – 45 minute guided tour of the cellar adopted by an property tasting of your alternative. (R300.00/$20)

Klein Constantia winery tour and property tasting Guided tour of the winery takes about 60 minutes, cease on the dam for a tasting of our Brut Methode Cap Classique, adopted by an property tasting of your alternative.
(R500/$33)

Steenberg

Registered in 1682 Steenberg is the oldest farm in South Africa. The farm has a tremendous tasting venue, we liked the atmosphere; the décor is trendy but distinctive. Sit within the elegant tasting lounge or chill out on the terrace surrounded by infinity swimming pools to take pleasure in your tasting. The property has a golf course, award profitable lodge, spa and two eating places, the bistro-style Sixteen Eighty-Two and the wonderful eating restaurant Tryn.

The primary registered farm in South Africa has a wine making historical past that begins extra not too long ago. Initially owned by a younger German widow Catharina (Tryn) Ustings Ras. Catharina has a colourful previous, she got here to Cape City as a stowaway on a ship on the age of 22 in 1662, had 5 husbands, most of them died, and was granted the farm, then named Swaaneweide, by Simon van der Stel.   The primary vines had been planted on Steenberg on the finish of the 17th century. Steenberg was bought and vines replanted in 2005 by the legendary Graham Beck.

The terrace outside at the stylish Steenberg tasting venue in Constantia.
The terrace exterior on the trendy Steenberg tasting venue in Constantia.

Wine Tasting at Steenberg

The tasting venue at Steenberg is improbable. You may sit inside (with wonderful views of the environment) or exterior on the terrace surrounded by infinity swimming pools. There are a number of choices for tasting; the Categorical tasting (R80/$5), Traditional tasting (R110/$7) and the flagship tasting (R200$13). We had a flagship tasting providing 6 wines within the Steenberg flagship vary. Our tasting assistant was nice with in depth information of the wines and the world. The Nebbiolo (2017) was fairly distinctive since we’re not actually acquainted with this Italian purple wine grape selection. Our favourite was the Steenberg Catharina (2017) Bordeaux-style mix with cherry and darkish chocolate flavors.

Steenberg Resort

The 5 star Steenberg Resort presents a singular mixture of heritage, wonderful wine and glorious delicacies. The lodge has a spa centre and hosts a championship golf course. Luxurious lodging, beautiful surroundings & peaceable ambiance on the Constantia wine route. Reserving and Evaluations.

The Steenberg Resort was voted Greatest Luxurious Resort in Africa in 2011 by TripAdvisor

Eating places at Steenberg

Tryn – is a Modern Restaurant; stunning wonderful eating overlooking the backyard, serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Named after founding father of the farm Catharina (Tryn) Ustings Ras. Government Chef Kerry Kilpin and her crew mix Asian, Center Jap and classically ready dishes in distinctive methods. Company can order drinks on the bar and luxuriate in alfresco eating (climate allowing). Reservations are required. +27 21 713 7178 [email protected]
Bistro Sixteen82 – Named after the 12 months wherein Steenberg was established, 1682. Common for tapas and bistro-style meals; breakfast, lunch, and lightweight fare. Company can take pleasure in alfresco eating (climate allowing). Reservations are required. Open each day. +27 21 713 2211 [email protected]

Things to do at Steenberg

Steenberg Spa is a cutting-edge facility with Four therapy rooms together with rooms for {couples} and out of doors therapy areas. Companies which can be out there embody deep-tissue massages, scorching stone massages, Swedish massages, and facials. The spa is open each day.

Different amenities out there on web site

  • {Golfing}
  • Golf driving vary
  • Helicopter/airplane excursions
  • Mountain climbing/biking trails

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