The Classic nine Constantia Valley Wine Farms
The Southern Suburbs is a special place for more than just one or two reasons. The Constantia Wine Valley is made up of nine stunning that farms which all contribute something unique to the Southern Suburbs.
The nine iconic farms are Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia, Buitenverwachting, Steenberg Vineyards, Constantia Uitsig, Eagle’s Nest, Constantia Glen, Silvermist, and Beau Constantia.
Simon Van der Stel founded Constantia’s first wine farm, Groot Constantia, in 1685. The original farm was subsequently subdivided into smaller farms, which each now has its own character without having lost the special history.
This particular valley was chosen for vineyards not only for its beauty but maybe more so for the decomposed granite soils on its slopes, gently cooled by the ocean breeze.
With a beautiful lawn that invites the family for a picnic, Simon’s Restaurant and Jonkershuis Restaurant, Groot Constantia offers something for everyone.
The 146-hectare wine estate of Klein Constantia is set amidst ancient trees and lush greenery on the upper foothills of the Constantiaberg with splendid views across the valley and False Bay.
Klein Constantia also has a spot for rumbling tummies. Situated next to its newly renovated tasting room under the Jacaranda trees, The Bistro @ Klein Constantia focusses on fresh, locally sourced seasonal ingredients, bringing the farm to the table.
Situated a stone’s throw from Klein Constantia, lies Buitenverwachting on the east-facing slopes of the Constantiaberg – roughly 12km from False Bay. The farm offers wine tasting, The Studio lifestyle gift shop, a restaurant, and a cute coffee shop called Coffee BloC.
Steenberg Vineyards is said to be the Cape’s first farm, established in 1682. History records that Simon van der Stel granted a portion of ground at the foot of the Ou Kaapse Weg to Catharina Michelse, also known as The Widow Ras. After he became the owner of Groot Constantia in 1685, she asked him for a legal title deed and a mandate was granted to her in 1688 to “cultivate, to plough and to sow and also to possess the farm below the stone mountain.”
The farm is home to Catharina’s restaurant as well as Bistro 1682 and it also boasts a spa and golf course.
Constantia Uitsig is home to Open Door restaurant and a fun bike park for cyclists of all ages. It also recently added the heritage market and is in the process of completing a brand new wine cellar and five-star tasting facility.
The heritage market is made up of five charming cottages built in the old Dutch style, each one featuring a unique treasure: Sushi Box, Alexander Avery Fine Chocolates, Kristen’s Ice Cream, Aegir Brewery, Nest Deli, and the Uitsig Wine Shop.
Eagle’s Nest’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. The farm is cradled in the undisturbed valley high up on the slopes of the historic Constantia mountain range, which forms part of Table Mountain.
Guests can enjoy platters on the lawn in a picnic style while tasting the Eagle’s Nest wines.
Constantia Glen is situated next to Eagle’s Nest and has predominantly north-east facing slopes that allow for exposure to late afternoon sun and is ideal for the slow ripening that shapes the farm’s classically expressed wines.
The boutique wine estate produces ultra-premium, cool climate wines and wine tasting options range from R45 to R90 per person, depending on your wine selection.
As you drive further up the mountain, towards Hout Bay, you’ll find the family-owned organic wine estate, Silvermist, located at the top of the Constantia Valley. It falls within the Table Mountain National Park and apart from the wide range of natural fynbos and forests, wild animals and birds are bountiful and move freely between the National Park and the farm.
Silvermist’s views are unique in that it overlooks 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.
Apart from a restaurant, the estate is also home to Cape Town Ziplines.
Just across the road from Silvermist is boutique wine farm, Beau Constantia. The farm boasts 11.47 hectares under vine.Beau Constantia also has a restaurant called Chef’s Warehouse that offers freshness and fun for both guests and chefs with a seasonal and produce-driven menu that changes regularly. The signature experience of the restaurant is tapas for two.
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