Best Constantia Wine Farms: Where to Visit and What to Do

Words: Jess Spiro

Stellenbosch and Franschhoek have long been known for their wine routes, but the real beauty of Cape Town is that you don’t even have to drive that to get your hands on some great wines. The Constantia Valley is minutes from Cape Town and houses some amazing wine farms and million dollar views. Here are the best Constantia wine farms worth visiting.

Constantia Wine Farms We love

Beau Constantia

Constantia Wine Farms

Beau Constantia is a boutique wine farm resting on some of the steepest slopes in the Cape.  It boasts lush rolling lawns, gorgeous greenery surrounding the estate and a stunning view of False Bay. It has been on everyone’s lips recently as the resident restaurant, Chef’s Warehouse, with Chef Ivor Jones at the helm, is serving some of the country’s best food. Magnificent views, incredible food and award-winning wine, what’s not to love?

Location: 1043 Constantia Main Road, Constantia
Good to know: The restaurant books up quickly, so make a reservation before popping in
Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday: 11h00 – 18h00
Contact: 021 794 8632

beauconstantia.com


Buitenverwachting

Constantia Wine Farms

Buitenverwachting (which incidentally means ‘beyond expectation’) is found on the eastern slopes of Constantiaberg and is a truly lovely spot to visit that is steeped in history. Stroll around the winery and admire the views while the kids play on the lawns. If the family needs to refuel, the Coffee Bloc Café has a number of tasty dishes to enjoy and are known for their delicious cakes. There is also the more formal Butineverwachting restaurant for a more upmarket meal. If you’re up for a spot of retail therapy check out The Studio for stunning bespoke jewellery pieces.

Location: 37 Klein Constantia Rd, Nova Constantia, Cape Town
Good to know: sit on the wine tasting room stoep or the lawns while sampling the wines on offer.
Opening times: Monday-Saturday: 09h00-17h00 | Sunday: Closed.
Contact: 021 794 4095

buitenverwachting.com


Constantia Glen

constantia wine farms

Constantia Glen is known for their outstanding wines and unbeatable panoramic views. We love popping by on a Sunday and settling in for the afternoon. The wine tasting room has tables outside and in and there are more available at the back of the restaurant which is equally as beautiful as the front section. they offer Flammkuchen, light salads and cheese and charcuterie platters Make sure you book as they get very busy and trust us, try the Flammkuchen.

Location: Constantia Main Road, Constantia
Good to know: they serve crispy Flammkuchen that must be tried.
Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 10h00 – 17h00
Contact: 021 795 6100

constantiaglen.com


Constantia Uitsig

Constantia Wine Farms

Constantia Uitsig is another valley wine estate that is steeped in history. It has been producing wine for over 300 years and has been a favourite of many famous folk from history, including Napolean Bonaparte.  The onsite restaurant Open Door serves contemporary food in a chic setting and remains a popular choice for locals and visitors alike. Uitsig is also home to a sophisticated dirt bike track for BMX enthusiasts, mountain bikers and cyclocross.

Location: Spaanschemat River Road, Fir Grove, Constantia
Good to know: Open Door is a great place to eat after your wine tasting. Be sure to book.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 09h00 – 21h30. Sunday: 09h00 – 15h00
Contact: 021 794 3010

uitsig.co.za


Eagles’ Nest

constantia wine farms

Stretched across an impressive 38ha piece of land, Eagles’ Nest has some of the most expansive views of all the Constantia wine farms. They offer snacks and platters from the tasting room, which can also be enjoyed on the lush lawns outside which overlook the forest.

Location: Constantia Main Road, Constantia
Good to know: they offer wine tasting for R60.
Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 10h00 – 16h30
Contact: 021 794 4095

eaglesnestwines.com


Groot Constantia

constantia wine farms

Groot Constantia is not only big in size but in stature too. It is the oldest wine producing farm in the Cape and is open 7-days a week for your tasting and visiting pleasure. Not only does it boast a wide array of award-winning wines but also two restaurants – Simons and Jonkershuis. There are a number of ways to experience all that the farm has to offer including a museum tour, wine and chocolate pairing and a guided cellar tour.

Location: Constantia Main Road, Constantia
Good to know: open 7 days a week but closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.
Opening timesWine tasting: Top Cellar open from 10h00 until 16h15 Closing at 17h00 | Bottom Cellar: open from 9h00 until 17h15 Closing at 18h00 (sales until 18h00). Cellar tours: Cellar open from 9h00 until 17h15 Closing at 18h00 (sales until 18h00)
Contact: 021 794 5128

grootconstantia.co.za


Klein Constantia

Constantia Wine Farms

Vin de Constance may steal all the spotlight, but the rest of Klein Constantia’s wines are equally as good. Pop in for a tasting and a bit of Constantia valley history. Known for being one of the most beautiful wine farms to visit, you won’t be disappointed, it is lush and immaculate.

Location: 37 Klein Constantia Road
Good to know: they offer an extensive wine tasting for R70.
Opening times: Monday – Friday: 09h00 – 17h00. Saturday: 09h00 – 15h00. Sunday: 10h00 – 16h00
Contact: 021 794 5188

kleinconstantia.com


Steenberg Farm Hotel & Spa

constantia wine farms

There is no shortage of things to do at Steenberg. From a luxury hotel, to a spa, golfing and fantastic restaurants, you won’t be bored here. Boasting an incredible selection of wines, this wine farm is the ideal place to bring a group of friends for an unforgettable tasting experience. Guest can choose to sample some of their finest bottles at the tasting bar, lounge or the outdoor terrace.

Location: Steenberg Road, Constantia Valley
Good to know: they offer a range of different tastings, starting at R50.
Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 10h00 – 18h00
Contact: 021 713 2211

steenbergfarm.com

Looking for a bite to eat? Check out this list of the best Constantia Restaurants.

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