Cape Town Wine Tasting Day Trip – Constantia

September 26, 2012 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Articles

To go on a Cape Town Wine Tasting Day Trip is easy. You don’t need to go far. Twenty to 30 minutes from Cape Town CBD is where we go every time. We just pop over and go to the Constantia area.

We decided on a rainy day to plan and execute our Cape Town Wine Tasting Day Trip.

Everyone normally associates Franschhoek and Stellenbosch with wine tasting day trips. But then you need a long day. A very long day. I am not suggesting that you don’t do that. But the Constantia Wine Route is under your nose. Try it.

I took the photo, above, as we arrived at Constantia Glen. I took it with my Galaxy cell phone (BTW: all my photos are normally taken with my cell phone because it’s easy and always available – it does not get flat with all the photo taking).

We have never been to Constantia Glen. But today we decided to start at the top of the route, before you cross the neck over to Hout Bay. And work our way back.

Cape Town Wine Tasting Day Trip - Constantia Map

So it was Constantia Glen, the Beau Constantia and then Eagle’s Nest. Arriving first at Constantia Glen the wind was blowing and it rained. But we were on a mission. And Constantia Glen never failed. The Glen people were friendly. You get friendly people and then you get enthusiastic people. The Glen’s people were energetic about their farm, their wine and their cheese platter.

Who cares about rain when you are having fun. But wine fun needs some cheese and that’s what I like about Glen Constantia.

Cape Town Wine Tasting Day Trip - CHEESE PLATTER

Now this cheese platter was a real treat. And there and then did we decide to stop going to any ordinary restaurant in future for a drink and some or other burger. Rather go to Glen Constantia, taste some wine, share a platter and buy great wine. As they say Local Is Lekker.

I am sure you agree this smiley face of Nandi says it all?

Cape Town Wine Tasting Day Trip - Constantia Glen Nandi

We spend a lot of time on our Cape Town Wine Tasting Day Trip, just at Glen Constantia! But we were in no hurry. After buying some lovely wines off to Beau Constantia – up the road.

Beau Constantia has great views. As you can see our visit was romantic with all the rain and mist.

Cape Town Wine Tasting Day Trip - Beau Constantia Wine Farm View

The wine tasting area is modern and situated high in the mountain with great views.

Cape Town Wine Tasting Day Trip - Beau Constantia Tasting Room

Again the staff member helping us was very friendly and knowledgable. We enjoyed the wines but Beau Constantia – CECILY VIOGNIER 2011 was unique. Really fancy stuff. Too fancy? But that’s why they call themselves a boutique wine farm.

By now the boot was filling up with some great wine but time was running out. Down the road is Eagle’s Nest. Here a few people were tasting wine. Huge fires were roaring.

The atmosphere at Eagle’s Nest was pleasant. If you have to ask us then we would say the first two were the best for the day. And Constantia Glen our favourite.

On our way home we drove through Kalk Bay and stopped over at the revamped Cape To Cuba. We had cocktail and something to eat.

Next time we will leave earlier on this Cape Town Wine Tasting Day Trip. And do some other Constantia wine farms. But as you would expect by now; we’ll plan some more time and have a larger cheese platter at Constantia Glen.

But what we decide to-day never works. Because we like to let the day take us where we like it most. And as you can see from the map above there are many wine farms on this wine route.

So! Instead of doing the boring run of the mill wine route tour, let me suggest to you this alternative route. And instead of staying in a boring hotel in Cape Town get out and arrange an affordable and fun holiday rental next to the coast in Kommetjie or a holiday home in Simon’s Town.

Cape Town holiday homes are ideal to use as a base to visit all the wine farms in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and other.

Have you done the Constantia Wine Route? Which farms did you like more and why? Please share your fun advice in the comment area below.

  1. karen said on September 27, 2012 8:15 am:

    What a lovely review, so pleased you enjoyed the valley! Please come back and visit again soon, each farm is unique in beauty and really worth a visit.

  2. Johan Horak said on September 27, 2012 9:04 am:

    Hi Karen it was a great pleasure. You’ll see as back. Thanks tweeting the story. And leaving a comment. It’s appreciated. 😉

  3. Chantel said on September 27, 2012 10:03 am:

    Thank you so much for a lovely review of our farm. Im glad you had a great tasting at our tasting room. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Beau Constantia.

  4. Johan Horak said on September 27, 2012 11:17 am:

    Chantel it was great fun. And a great view you have. We’ll be back. Many times.

  5. Isabel said on October 3, 2012 6:51 pm:

    Johan, I’m coming to Cape Town! Glad to know that your expert knowledge will guide me to the best that the region has to offer.

  6. Johan Horak said on October 3, 2012 6:55 pm:

    You will have a lot of fun my friend 😉

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