Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wine Tasting in the 'Burbs: Beau Constantia, Constantia Glen and Groot Constantia

the view from Beau Constantia

We recently spent an afternoon visiting the Constantia Wine Valley to do some wine tasting of course.
Our first stop was Beau Constantia. It was my first time visiting the winery and I was very impressed.

They have the most gorgeous views overlooking the Constantia vineyards and the city of cape Town beyond. I also love their labels! The Pas de Nom white (R75) has a really cool illustration of a beard and mustache. A great bottle to give to your hipster friends sporting the same ginger beards in real life.

They offer food and wine pairings - lovely looking canapes - and two types of tastings. One offers the basic wines in the Pas de Nom range - 3 of them for R20 - and the other tasting features 2 extra wines (The Beau Constantia range) for R50.

Pas de Nom white wine

Beau Constantia range

Beau Constantia

Wine tasting at Beau Constantia
For more information, visit

The Beau Constantia tasting room is open daily from 10am to 4;30pm. 021 794 8632


Next we went to Constantia Glen, literally down the road from Beau Constantia. I've been to Constantia Glen a couple of times, but we were taking some oversees visitors and it is great to revisit a wine farm to try new vintages. I love the 2012 Constantia Two white blend.

They also offer some platters for snacking on and a lovely seating area for summer sipping.

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The tasting room is open until 5pm during the week and 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Groot Constantia

Our third and final stop was Groot Constantia. I haven't been to this tasting room in a while. I used to go years ago, when I first moved to Cape Town, but now I normally go through to the restaurants directly. The tasting room is quite big and the wine informants are very friendly and, well, informative!
We had a great time!!

I do love their shiraz (no surprises) hashtagshirazlover (R894 per case of 6)

I also love their 2012 Chardonnay. It's wooded, full bodied and delicious - another great white wine for summer. (R930 per case of 6)

Groot Constantia tasting room

Groot Constantia tasting room

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At only R30 per person all the wines may be tasted and bought.
The Groot Constantia tasting room is open daily, until 5pm.

Hartenberg Estate - Where Shiraz Lovers Meet

Hartenberg Estate

I've been a fan of the Hartenberg Stork Shiraz for years and the go-to (affordable) Cab Sauv Shiraz blend. But I wasn't that familiar with their other wines.

I was lucky enough to visit the farm for the first time the other day and do a vertical tasting of their Gravel Hill.

A bit of background:
The Gravel Hill Shiraz is the estate's ultra-premium Shiraz. It's harvested from a single block only.
Before even becoming commercially available, accolades for the Gravel Hill already included earning the highest price for any Shiraz at the 2007 CWG Auction (average R580 per bottle) and the second highest price for any wine at the auction ever. It is also the longest running wine at the CWG Auction.

Hartenberg Estate wine tasting room food on offer

Hartenberg Estate wine tasting

Hartenberg Estate wine tasting

Hartenberg Estate wine tasting of the Gravel Hill Shiraz
But more importantly, it is delicious!

My vertical tasting ran from 2005 to the 2009 vintages. I loved the 2005 and 2006 the best!
The 2009 is not yet available for sale.
Wine lovers can buy the 2008 vintage, of which only 550 bottles were made - seriously limited edition stuff! Perfect for wine collectors. 

The farm also offers amazing olives and snacks as well as a cellar tour for those who book.
It's really interesting to take the tour for the history of the estate. The door is one of the oldest existing in the Cape and has a giant Key to match.

Hartenberg Estate

Hartenberg Estate old cellar door

ancient key for the Hartenberg Estate old cellar door

The winery is open from 7 days a week, closing at 3pm on the weekends.

For more information, visit 021 865 2541.
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