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Cape Town really does have it all. The mountains, the ocean, the restaurants, the nightlife and best of all – the winelands. Escape the city of Cape Town to the dreamy, vineyard filled mountain ranges of Constantia in under 20 minutes!
Step into a valley of unsurpassed beauty and heritage, sip on world-class quality wines, stroll among the vineyards, drink bubbly on freshly cut lawns and indulge at decadent restaurants. With eight wine farms to visit, it might take a couple of days to see them all, but no challenge is too grape, er, I mean great! Here are Constantia‘s eight wine farms, in ascending order with number one being the closest to Cape Town and eight the furthermost:
For wine with beau-tiful and panoramic views, this is your spot. Perched at the crest of Constantia Nek, this wine farm has some of the steepest vineyards around. Beau Constantia is the epitome of opulence, decorated with a modern chic style and floor-to-ceiling windows, come rain or shine you’ll be gazing out onto spectacular vistas. Try their debut and award winning wine, Cecily Viognier. Feeling peckish? Have lunch or dinner at their Chef’s Warehouse, and be sure not to miss out on their ‘tapas for two’.
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Address: Constantia Main Road
Image credit: Beau Constantia
Just below Beau Constantia lies the elegant and charming Constantia Glen. A picturesque Cape Dutch-style wine estate, steeped in history, Constantia Glen reveals manicured lawns looking onto vineyard-filled valleys. Taste their crisp and refreshing wines while snacking on one of their cheese or meat platters or stop in for a gourmet lunch.
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Address: Constantia Main Road (a three-minute-drive from Beau Constantia)
Image credit: Constantia Glen
Roll a little further down the hill to the beautiful Eagles’ Nest. The farm’s origins trace back to 1836 when it was used as a refreshment station for travellers crossing the mountain pass. These historic buildings are now used for wine tastings. Sit under the shade of their trees and sip on their delicious wines, tuck into their cheese and deli-cuts platters or order a picnic basket for two.
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Address: Constantia Main Road (a two-minute-drive from Constantia Glen)
Image credit: Eagles’ Nest
Just down the road lies the next wine farm – Groot Constantia. You really are spoiled for choice here, with three wine-tasting venues and two restaurants, Jonkershuis and Simon’s Restaurant. Take a look at their museum, taking you on a journey through their history as well as a guided cellar tour. For those with a sweet-tooth, Groot Constantia does a wine and chocolate pairing – the perfect finish to a spectacular lunch.
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Address: Groot Constantia Road (a five-minute-drive from Eagles’ Nest)
Image credit: Groot Constantia
Make your way along the winding road leading to Buitenverwachting, enjoy the dappled shade from the oak trees and gaze out at horses grazing in green paddocks. This spot is perfect for a summer’s day. Sit outside their Cape Dutch-style houses in lush gardens or courtyards while sipping on fresh, crisp wine. Their restaurant is extremely popular, so make sure you book in advance.
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Address: Klein Constantia Road (a ten-minute-drive from Groot Constantia)
Image credit: Buitenverwachting
Dating back to 1685, Klein Constantia is set among ancient trees in the foothills of of the Constantia Mountains boasting views of False Bay. For novices and experienced connoisseurs alike, there’s a wine for you at Klein Constantia. Try their famous Vin de Constance and their other award-winning wines while gazing at spectacular vistas.
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Address: Klein Constantia Road (a six-minute-drive from Buitenverwachting)
Image credit: Klein Constantia
Set in a charming Cape Dutch-style building, Constantia Uitsig is a family-friendly wine farm. Sit on their patio tasting their spectacular Sauvignon Blanc or eat at their newly renovated Open Door Restaurant while the kids play.
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Address: Spaanschemat River Road (a six-minute-drive from Klein Constantia)
Image credit: Constantia Uitsig
Further down the road is Steenberg Estate, steeped in heritage and boasting a modern and bold design. Taste their popular Sauvignon Blanc and Méthode Cap Classique while looking onto manicured gardens and water features. Indulge at their two exceptional restaurants: with contemporary dining at Catharina’s Restaurant and the more relaxed, tapas style dining at Bistro Sixteen82.
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Address: Steenberg Road (a 13-minute-drive from Constantia Uitsig)
Don’t miss the extraordinary Constantia Wine Route on your next trip to Cape Town. Which of these wine estates are your favourite? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Jemma's love for nature and culture grew while growing up on her family's dairy farm in the Natal Midlands. Since then she has been a ski lift operator in the Sierra Nevada, an Au Pair in London, an English teacher in Vietnam and is now writing about her favourite continent - Africa.
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This makes me want to taste all the wine!
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