Wine Tasting in Constantia | 14 on Klein Constantia

Wine Tasting

The quiet suburb of Constantia in the Constantia Valley is in close proximity to Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs which provide easy access to the City Bowl and to Hout Bay. Constantia, one of Cape Town’s oldest suburbs, is world-famous for its wine and boasts the oldest wine estate in the Western Cape. Along with being near to world class golf estates, beaches and many other Cape Town attractions, Constantia offers plenty of peaceful charm and guarantees a delightful stay.
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Beau Constantia

After devastating fires destroyed the fynbos and pine forests on the property in 2000, the slopes were cleared and terraced, thereby exposing great potential for the planting of vineyards. Pierre and Cecily Du Preez purchased the 22 hectare property in 2002 and after extensive soil analysis the first vineyards were planted in 2003 with the help of dedicated farm manager, Japie Bronn.

Development of vineyards on the steep slopes took a lot of patience and effort, but today the farm prides itself with 11.47 hectares under vine. The cultivated varieties include Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Shiraz and Petit Verdot.

A couple of vintages ago, we launched a lifestyle range of wines called Pas De Nom. The range is made up of a white blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier and a red blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. To complete the collection, we later added a Saigneé-style Rosé and a non-vintage MCC.

Together with the Pierre and Cecily as white wines, we also released two premium red blends under the bespoke Beau Constantia label, all of which is hand-crafted to its own unique style by winemaker, Justin van Wyk. The first being a classic and elegant Bordeaux-style blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, named Lucca. The second is a more modern and opulent blend of Shiraz, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot, named after Lucca’s brother, Aidan.

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Buitenverwachting meaning “Beyond Expectations” forms part of the original Constantia Estate, which was founded by Governor Simon van der Stel. First sold as a 200 morgen sub – division Buitenverwachting changed hands all too often and was finally purchased by the Mueller family in 1980. Imbued with a sense of history, they retraced the roots of Buitenverwachting, restored the historic buildings and established over 30 homes for all staff members working on the 150 hectare estate.

Rooted in deep, decomposing granite soils and cooled by temperate sea breezes from the nearby oceans, Buitenverwachting’ s vines produce internationally acclaimed wines of great complexity with unique aromatic profiles.

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Constantia Glen

Constantia Glen has a unique position cradled between the Constantiaberg and Table Mountain (World Heritage Site) ranges, with predominantly north-east facing slopes. This singular location allows for exposure to late afternoon sun, ideal for the slow ripening that shapes our classically expressed wines.

Decomposed granite and Table Mountain sandstone are the dominant soil types that lend minerality and the graceful character to our wines. High water retention of the rich clay sub-soils allows for sustainable dryland cultivation, while ecologically sound practices include biological insect and pest control by means of natural predators. Our intrinsic terroir footprint is echoed in the unique insignia embossed on every Constantia bottle.

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Constantia Uitsig

Constantia Uitsig has a long and rich heritage behind it. But it’s the prospect of what lies ahead that inspires us most. That’s why we’re passionate about sustainability – in all its forms.

With an uncompromising commitment to the greenest building and farming practices, we hope to create a space that is at once beautiful, bio diverse and most importantly, still enjoyed for the generations that have yet to come.

As seen on our labels, we are working toward becoming a haven for not only indigenous flora, but indigenous birds as well.

To this end, we try to work as naturally as possible in the vineyards, using cover cropping, mulching and integrated pest management programmes. Flowers play a central theme at Uitsig too – welcoming a diversity of beneficial insects and bright colours to the vineyards whilst our farm-made compost enriches the soil.

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Eagles’ Nest

Eagles’ Nest is cradled in a secluded valley high up on the slopes of the historic Constantia mountain range, which forms part of the World Heritage Site, Table Mountain. The farm’s origins can be traced back to 1836 when it was used as a refreshment station between the area now known as Wynberg in the east, and the harbour of Hout Bay in the west. In order to make this journey, travellers had to cross the mountain pass, now known as Constantia Neck.

In 1984, the 38ha farm was purchased by the Mylrea family. After devastating fires that raged through the Cape in the summer of 2000, the farm was mostly destroyed, except for the historic buildings. Being part of the world famous Constantia Valley, known for its award winning wines, we decided to plant the farm with varieties that best suited the unique terroir of Eagles’ Nest.

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Groot Constantia

The Groot Constantia heritage attributes a unique status to the Estate. Its early history and international recognition made Groot Constantia the first intellectual property of the South African wine industry and of the county at large.
In 1685, during an annual visit to the Cape, Hendrik Adriaan van Rheede tot Drakenstein granted the grounds of Groot Constantia to Simon van der Stel the VOC Governor of the Cape of Good Hope.

Van der Stel built the house and used the land to produce wine as well as other fruit and vegetables, and for cattle farming. Following Van der Stel’s death in 1712 the estate was broken up and sold in three parts: Groot Constantia; Klein Constantia; and Bergvliet.

In 1779 the portion of the estate including Van der Stel’s Cape Dutch-style manor house was sold to the Cloete family, who planted extensive vineyards and extended and improved the mansion by commissioning the architect Louis Michel Thibault. The wine cellar was added by Cloete in 1791. The house remained in the possession of the Cloete family until 1885, during which period the estate became famous for its production of Constantia dessert wine.

In 1885 Groot Constantia was purchased by the government of the Cape of Good Hope and was used as an experimental wine and agricultural estate. Following a disastrous fire in 1925 the house was extensively restored.

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Klein Constantia

Described as one of the world’s most beautiful vineyards, Klein Constantia is set amidst ancient trees and lush greenery on the upper foothills of the Constantiaberg, with superb views across the Constantia Valley and False Bay.

Our 146 hectare wine estate originally formed part of “Constantia”, a vast property established in 1685 by Simon van der Stel, the first governor of the Cape. This particular valley was chosen not only for its beauty, but also for the decomposed granite soils on its slopes, gently cooled by ocean breezes.

Prized by leaders and aristocracy throughout 18th Century Europe, Constantia’s Vin de Constance was revived by Klein Constantia in 1986, reaffirming this unique natural sweet wine’s place in history.

Today, Klein Constantia continues to make some of South Africa’s top wines and the world’s best dessert wine; wines that reflect the cool Constantia climate, as well as our historic tradition.

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Silvermist Vineyards

Silvermist is a family owned Organic Wine Estate located at the top of the Constantia Valley . The farm falls within the Table Mountain National Park and boasts a wide range of natural Fynbos and Forests. Wild animals and birds are prolific and move freely between the National Park and the farm.

Silvermist’s unique location, aspect and altitude, all combine to create the perfect climate to produce wines of exceptional standards.

Our Organic Vineyards are influenced by ocean breezes during summer ensuring a slow ripening of the grapes. Silvermist’s views are breathtaking, over looking the Longkloof Nature Reserve and the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range to the North and to the East the Constantia Valley, False Bay with the Hottentots Holland Mountains in the distance.

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Steenberg Vineyards

Steenberg Farm boasts the 5-Star Steenberg Hotel, with 24 rooms encapsulating the dictum of understated luxury, offering spectacular views and discrete, personalised service.

The Hotel’s buildings have been lovingly restored and declared a National Monument. Here the legendary elegance and traditions of the 17th century blend harmoniously with the most refined comforts and conveniences of our modern age.

A diverse dining destination with award winning Catharina’s Restaurant offering a fine contemporary experience or Bistro Sixteen82 whom has been recognized as one of the World’s 20 Best Winery Restaurants. Guests can enjoy tapas and bistro-style dining here or explore award winning wines at the Tasting Room adjacent to Bistro Sixteen82.

A complete destination, the Farm produces some of the finest Sauvignon Blanc in South Africa, along with several other celebrated varietals.

A visually spectacular and technically challenging 18-hole golf course features as part of the beautiful scenery at Steenberg Farm.

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