DOES it have legs? Or is it a tad flabby? We’re talking wines and you’ll be able to learn the lingo and sample the season’s favourites at The Constantia Village Annual Wine Tasting Evening at The Old Village on 29 November 2018.
Hosted in partnership with Pick n Pay Liquors, the event, which takes place from 6–8 pm, is one of the most popular on our calendar. Fine wines will be available for tasting, paired with scrumptious snacks from The Old Village restaurants.
If you’re interested in learning how to compare wines, understand their different characteristics, looking for a bottle or two to enjoy with family and friends over the Festive Season or want to know which MCC everyone is talking about, The Constantia Village Annual Wine Tasting is the place to be.
We’re sure you’ll be inspired by the varieties on offer and will want to explore more options. What better way to do so than to tour the Constantia regions spectacular wine farms. Here’s a quick tour to whet your appetite.
Situated at the top of Constantia Nek, the beautiful boutique winery that is Beau Constantia has a lot to offer. Its vines are planted on steep slopes 350 metres above sea level and, needless to say, the views are spectacular. As is the food. It is home to the award-winning chefs warehouse restaurant, which was once again listed as one of the country’s top 10 restaurants in the 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards.
Beautiful Buitenverwachting, one of the Constantia Wine Route’s stalwart wineries, is steeped in history. Situated on the east-facing slopes of the Constantiaberg, it originally formed part of the Constantia Estate founded by Simon van der Stel. Today it’s known for its Sauvignon Blancs and Bordeaux-style reds.
Blessed with panoramic views, Constantia Glen is situated just below Constantia Nek. The unique terroir of this boutique winery produces crisp whites and robust reds. Of the 60-ha, only 29-ha are under the vine with four wines being produced: Constantia Glen TWO, Constantia Glen THREE, Constantia Glen FIVE and a special Sauvignon Blanc. Popular cheese & charcuterie platters, and other delicious treats, are available at the tasting room. There is also a talked-about wine-and-chocolate pairing on offer.
Historic Constantia Uitsig, which has roots going back to the 1600s, is another golden oldie of the Constantia Wine Route. Today it produces a select range of wines from unwooded Chardonnay to MCC and Muscat that celebrate its heritage and terroir. The farm, which is committed to sustainability in all its forms, also has a bike park, heritage market and an eaterie.
A veritable eyrie, Eagles’ Nest (which was nearly destroyed in 2000 by fire) is high up on the Constantiaberg. Its special wines include reds (Merlot and Shiraz) and whites (Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier). You can no longer picnic on the lawn but the tasting room offerings – platters of all shapes and sizes – are extremely enticing.
Our pride and joy needs no introduction. A visit to Groot Constantia is always a delight. The oldest wine-producing farm in South Africa is still raking in the awards. In 2018 the estate won 16 top awards. The latest batch of winners, which took Gold at the 2018 International Wine and Spirits Competition, are: Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve Red 2015, Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve White 2016 and Groot Constantia Grand Constance 2015. Don’t miss the other highlights of the estate: chocolate and wine pairings, the Manor House, Cloete Cellar and wine museum, Jonkershuis and Simon’s restaurants.
Another jewel in the Constantia wine valley crown, Klein Constantia dates back to 1685 and is steeped in tradition and history. The beautiful estate is situated on the upper foothills of the Constantiaberg and has breathtaking views of False Bay. Known for its impressive portfolio of award-winning wines, it is also the producer of one of the world’s best natural sweet wines, Klein Constantia Vin de Constance. Wine tastings in the renovated tasting room are a pleasure and The Bistro @ Klein Constantia is right next door.
Tranquil Silvermist is an organic winery on Constantia Nek. Set on a private estate, it boasts a boutique hotel and the highly acclaimed restaurant La Colombe, which has just clinched third place in the 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Top 10 Restaurant Awards. The winery’s tasting room has spectacular views and just next door is the more informal eaterie, The Green Vine @ Silvermist. There are hiking trails and indigenous fynbos in abundance.
From the Steenberg Hotel & Spa to the two signature restaurants, Catharina’s and Bistro Sixteen82, this well-loved estate is a destination of note. The Cape’s first farm, established in 1682, is known for its award-winning wines, especially its Sauvignon Blancs and MCCs, with are produced with great consideration to the environment. For good measure, there is also an 18-hole golf course.
Back to our wine tasting …
To attend our popular Wine Tasting Evening, where some of the excellent wines of the Cape will be featured, be sure to pick up an invitation at the information kiosk (open during shopping centre hours) at the main centre before the event. Then, on the evening, swap your invitation for a tasting glass and enjoy the evening. Invitations are limited and are on a first-come, first-served basis. See you on 29 November, from 6–8 pm. Cheers!