Cape Town is most widely known for its gorgeous vineyards and luscious wines. So whether you are a local, or a roaming tourist, we have decided to put together a concise list of must-see wine farms in Cape Town for you! In the first part of this series, we start off with the wine farms in the Constantia region. Constantia is South Africa’s oldest wine producing region and is located only 20 minutes from Cape Town’s city center. The first wine farm on our list is none other than the finest:
Steenberg Wine Farm
The Cape’s first farm, established in 1682, is a destination immersed in heritage. The Steenberg Farm houses an extraordinary winery which produces some of the most superior Sauvignon Blanc in South Africa.
Expect an exceptional dining experience at the award winning Catharina’s Restaurant or Bistro Sixteen82 whom has been acknowledged in the World’s 20 Best Winery Restaurants. Guests can indulge in a bistro-style or tapas-style dining experience or explore their award winning wines at the Tasting Room. To top it off, not only is the 5-star Steenberg Hotel a National Monument, but the challenging 18-hole golf course is certainly part of the incredible scenery at the Steenberg Farm.
Buitenverwachting, meaning “beyond expectation” is situated on the slopes of Constantiaberg. Rooted in deep, granite soils and cooled by the sea breezes from the nearby oceans, Buitenverwachting’s vines produce internationally acclaimed wines of great complexity with distinctive fragrant profiles.
This spectacular wine farm was sold as a 200 morgen sub-division to Cornelis Brink in 1773 and has since flourished as a wine farm, due mainly to the 90 000 vines planted in 1825. The established courtyard houses the Wine Tasting Center – Coffee Bloc, where relaxed breakfasts, lunches and dinners can be enjoyed.
Beau Constantia is a boutique wine farm located at the top of Constantia Nek with panoramic views of Stellenbosch and Helderberg Mountain and ranges over False Bay as far as Hangklip.
In 2000, the fynbos and pine forests on the property were destroyed by a distressing fire – the slopes were then cleared, exposing a great opportunity for the planting of vineyards! The first vineyards were planted in 2003 and cultivated varieties including Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Shiraz and Petit Verdot. Two premium red blends have just been released under the bespoke Beau Constantia label – namely Lucca and Aidan. Which are hand-crafted to its own unique style by winemaker, Justin van Wyk. Definitely worth trying!
Constantia Glen is situated below Constantia Nek, minutes away from Cape Town’s city centre. The scenic boutique wine estate produces premium, cool climate wines. Constantia is the oldest wine producing area in South Africa and is saturated in history that dates back to 1685.
Constantia Glen wines tasting range from the Classic wine tasting of five wines costing R55 per person, to the Premium wine tasting that includes all seven of their wines at R80 per person. If your purchase of wine values to R300, one wine tasting fee will be waived!
You will find Silvermist Mountain Lodge and Organic Wine Estate In the Table National Park area on Constantia Nek. This Wine Farm is nestled high up on the slopes of the Constantiaberg Mountains in serene, natural surroundings. This rustic 120 acre estate boasts two beautiful restaurants, The Green Vine Eatery and La Colombe. It also offers beautiful accommodation ranging from Garden Suites to Self-Catering Lodges, with magnificent views over the Longkloof Valley.
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