Cape Town has to be one of the most magical cities on Earth! There is just so much to do, to see, to eat and to drink in a relatively small area – how are you meant to do it all on a holiday to the city? Luckily enough for us – we call this place home.
The Constantia Valley is oldest wine producing region in South Africa – with nine award winning farms in the region, churning out international quality wines. The valley has been as to be called the ‘cradle of quality wine making in South Africa’ and is famous for producing wines enjoyed by Napoleon Bonaparte and his 18th century royals. Here are our Top 5 must-visit stops along the route
With the most beautiful wines and breath-taking vistas, Constantia Glen is a must visit on the Constantia Wine Route in Cape Town. The family owned wine farm sits half way up the Constantia Nek, and is definitely one of the more popular wine tasting spots for the younger locals in the area. Whether you’re just doing a simple wine tasting or coming in for the full experience – you’re in for a treat. Indulge in the Classic Wine Tasting and share the Charcuterie Platter. Bulk it up a bit with some Pepperdew Dip and some homemade baguettes. Delicious!
Experience Cape Town in the most beautiful way possible. Dine al fresco on the terrace at Simon’s Restaurant at Groot Constantia and take in the vistas of the vineyards. As they say, ‘Good food. Good wine. Good times.’ The Grilled Artichoke, Sundried Tomato & Fresh Basil Linguine comes highly recommended for all vegetarian visitors. Feeling for something more ‘local’? Why not try the Fresh Black Mussels with Cream, White Wine and Herbs and pair it with a great craft beer.
Beau Constantia has been my favourite Constantia wine farm I’ve been to, to date. It’s pretty much the whole package. The red wines are beautiful, the view is gorgeous and the setting is just spectacular. Nestled in the back nook of Constantia Neck, the ever-so boutique Beau Constantia is the most modern of all the local farms, peaking out from the Silver Trees, looking out over the valley, towards False Bay. Treat yourself to a lunch or dinner at Chef’s Warehouse – the finest dining experience you will have in the area.
Eagles’ Nest is one of the hidden gems of the Constantia Valley Wine Route, tucked away, midway up the Constantia Neck, nestled between a slender forest of willowy, skyscraper trees. Whether you’re looking at sharing a bottle of the local house wine, or do a wine tasting on the grass, Eagles’ Nest is just wonderful. The antipasto platter is highly recommended, and the biltong platter adds a great local element to the tasting. Get to Eagles’ Nest on the ‘Hop on Hp off’ City Sight Seeing Bus.
Bistro Sixteen82 at Steenberg Farm is the place to see and be seen on a Saturday morning in the Southern Suburbs. Brunch with the best of the best of Cape Town in the heart of the Steenberg Estate and Vineyards, situated at the foothills of the Constantiaberg. Enjoy bistro style dining and high-end tapas, while sipping on some of the countries most loved wines. Enjoy a bottle of Steenberg Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc with your Benedicts. After all, what’s brunch without something sparkling to drink, right?
Featured Image: Beau Constantia