7 Wine Estates Worth Visiting in Constantia

Constantia is a beautiful suburb in Cape Town, South Africa. It is the oldest wine-making region in the southern hemisphere.

Here are the seven wine estates in Constantia and the reasons why they are worth visiting:

1. Buitenverwachting

Buitenverwachting originally formed part of the Constantia Estate. The Restaurant at Buitenverwachting caters for relaxed and deli-style lunches & dinners, but also offers a limited selection of fine dining dishes. The trendy Coffee BloC at Buitenverwachting has the most delicious coffees and cakes! Contact Details – Winery: 021 794 5190; Restaurant: 021 794 3522; CoffeeBloc: 021 794 5190; Email: info@buitenverwachting.com

2. Constantia Glen

Constantia Glen is situated below Constantia Nek. Their wine tasting experience ranges from the Classic tasting of five wines per person to the Premium tasting that includes all seven wines per person. Constantia Glen also offers a wine and chocolate pairing and guests can enjoy one of their popular Cheese & Charcuterie Platters to accompany their wines. Contact Details – Tel: 021 795 5639; Email: reservations@constantiaglen.com

3. Constantia Uitsig

Constantia Uitsig offers Wine Tasting 5 days a week, Wednesdays through to Sundays from 10h00 to 18h00. Their Restaurant, the Open Door is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Something unique at Constantia Uitsig is the Bike Park that offers cyclists of all ages and skill levels, laps, and laps of fun. The park features a variety of pump tracks currently totaling 2.8 km’s. There are beginner jump lines all the way to expert drop-offs, rock gardens, a wooden berm, rollers and a suspension sky bridge, that tracks the canopy of the trees and ends in a corkscrew exit. Contact Details – Wine Estate: 021 794 6500; Email: info@uitsig.co.za; Bike Park: 081 833 4488

4. Eagle’s Nest

Eagles’ Nest is open for wine tasting, Mondays to Sundays from 10:00 am – 16:30 pm. They offer delicious platters that can be enjoyed with your wines. In winter months you can also order soups. Just 6km from Eagles’ Nest’s upper boundary, on a cliff face in the Table Mountain National Park, a pair of Verreaux’s Eagles maintains a nest. Eagles’ Nest has committed to support the Western Cape Raptor Research Program in their endeavours to conserve this last remaining nest in the area. The pair of Verreaux’s Eagles has successfully raised a fledgling each year since 2003 when the programme started monitoring them. Contact Details – Tel: 021 794 4095; Email: info@eaglesnestwines.com

5. Groot Constantia

Groot Constantia offers daily wine tastings  – 5 wines per person. You can also include a cellar tour with your wine tasting experience – tours depart every hour, on the hour from 10 am – 4 pm. A favourite of mine is the chocolate and wine pairing, which includes 5 delicious chocolates paired with 5 wines. There are 2 restaurants on the estate – Jonkershuis Restaurant & Simon’s Restaurant. Jonkershuis Restaurant pays homage to the rich cultural history of the estate through authentic Cape Malay inspired bistro style food.  Simon’s restaurant serves the all-time classics. They also offer picnics. There are also historical buildings (“museums”) located at Groot Constantia. Contact Details – Jonkershuis Restaurant – Tel: 021 794-6255; Simon’s Restaurant – Tel: 027 21 794-1143; Groot Constantia – Tel: 021 794-5128;  Email:  enquiries@grootconstantia.co.za;

6. Klein Constantia

Klein Constantia offers wine tasting from Monday to Sunday. As a member of the WWF Conservation their vision is aligned with that of the World Wildlife Fund and because of this, they aim to unite conservation and agricultural development in a complementary, mutually beneficial manner. Klein Constantia continually strives to produce wines in more environmentally responsible and biodynamic ways. Contact Details – Tel: 021 794 5188; Email: info@kleinconstantia.com

7. Steenberg Vineyards

Steenberg Wine Estate offers a selection of wine tasting experiences and guests can choose to sit at the wine tasting bar or in the tasting lounge on the outdoor terrace. Steenberg also offers cellar tours. The duration of a cellar tour is 20 – 30 minutes, Monday to Friday at 11:00 and 15:00. There are 2 restaurants at Steenberg Wine Estate. The first restaurant is Bistro Sixteen82. Named after the year in which Steenberg was established, The Bistro Sixteen82 offers breakfast, lunch and late-afternoon Tapas menus. The second restaurant is Catharina’s and pays homage to the woman who started it all – Catharina Ras founded Steenberg in the 17th century. Catharina’s restaurant serves up contemporary food, cooked simply and presented beautifully. Contact Details – Tel: 021  713 2222; Email: info@steenberghotel.com

Please note that most wine estates change their wine tasting experiences from time to time and even though I try to keep the information as up to date as possible, I can not guarantee that it will always be 100% correct.


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