See What’s New in the Oldest Wine Producing Region in the Southern Hemisphere?
Written by Brittany Hawkins
Summer is fast approaching, and so is the need to lock down some adventure time with your family and friends. As the weather is expected to be nothing short of spectacular, booking an afternoon wine tour and tasting should be high up on any wine lover’s to-do list. Why not kick back, relax and enjoy seeing what’s new in the oldest wine producing region in the Southern Hemisphere?
Situated in the Constantia mountains, Eagles’ Nest Wine farm was founded in 1984 and was known for producing world-class proteas, table grapes and kiwi fruits. After a devastating fire that swept through the area in 2000, the decision was made to turn the farm into a wine farm. Now known for some the Cape’s best wine, Eagles’ Nest produces a Merlot, Shiraz and Viognier which have garnered numerous awards.
Their tasting room is open throughout the week and offers a number of great wines and platters to cater to their clientele’s eclectic taste. Situated in close proximity to one of the Cape’s main wine tasting area, the eagle conservation is the perfect spot to take your children and educated them on the wildlife within the area.
Known for being one of the oldest wine farms within the Constantia wine valley, Steenberg Wine Farm has a lot to offer patrons. In the year 2000, the wine farm was purchased by Johannesburg Consolidated Investment, and was re-developed into the picturistic farm it is today. With a number of activities on offer, this is the perfect wine farm to meet the needs of the entire family.
Whether you’re in the mood for a round of golf, looking to relax and unwind at the spa or even just tasting wine, Steenberg is the place to be. Offering a fairly large selection of wines, their speciality is Sauvignon Blanc as well as Semillon. Their social event calendar is updated regularly, and they host a number of open events throughout the month.
Winning the Best Newcomer Award in 2015 at the Klink Awards, Beau Constantia has grown in leaps and bounds. Established in 2002 and known for being a boutique wine farm, they have only ever offered a much smaller range of wine. Thanks to their latest successes they‘ve been able to introduce a second range of white blends, which focus on Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier.
They also offer a red blend of Carnet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. If you’re looking to pair the perfect glass of wine with of the world’s most breathtaking views, head on over to the chef’s warehouse restaurant. It’s open most days of the week, and bookings are essential.
Originally part of the Constantia Estate, Buitenverwachting Wine Farm is also considered to be one of the oldest wine farms in the area. Recipient to numerous awards, such as the gold award for their 201 Merlot and the gold award for Christine 2009 at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, there are a number of wines on offer including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Brut and Merlot. Home to the Coffee Bloc, you can expect to experience of the best coffee.
Throughout the Constantia Wine Valley, it’s home to some of the Cape’s top wedding venue destinations, and sightseeing. Travelling through the Constantia Wine Valley is an experience on its own, so why not book a weekend getaway and explore some of the oldest wine producing farms the Southern Hemisphere has to offer? You are guaranteed a weekend of relaxation and fun. Millions of people travel from all over the world each year for a chance at sipping wine at these award winning and celebrated farms. Book your wine tasting and make a memory out of a truly inimitable experience.
Brittany’s passion for food and wine began in her hometown, Napa Valley, California, where she grew up immersed in the wine industry. After receiving a degree from DePauw University, she began her career in Silicon Valley in the advertising and marketing industries. Brittany moved to Cape Town 3 years ago where she launched Explore Sideways and has since been able to marry her interests in food, wine, travel and tech to create transformative experiences around the world.