86 of 800 – Beau Constantia

My first time exploring the Constantia Wine Route and I think I started at the right place!  Beau Constantia is number 86 of 800!

Beau Constantia Wine Tasting

The Constantia wine valley is the oldest wine producing region in the Southern Hemisphere, Beau Constantia however planted vineyards for the first time on this property in 2002. Prior 2000, the land consisted mainly of pine trees and goats until a large fire devastated the land.

Today, Beau Constantia produces Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Shiraz and Petit Verdot.

BOOKINGS & WINE TASTINGS: Taste 5 wines for just R50. Plus, if you Tweet or post your experience to Social Media – show the waiters. You will get a complimentary glass of MCC. Remember to book before hand, this is a very popular winery and seating is limited.
WHEN TO GO:  Suitable for the summer or winter months but I would say better in the summer months (November – March).
LENGTH OF VISIT: One hour is plenty unless you stay for lunch.
RESTAURANT: Yes – Chef’s Warehouse – a fine dining experience with is highly awarded.
OTHER AMENITIES: There is a “loo with a view”, amphitheatre and is part of the Red Bus tour.
ACCOMMODATION: Yes however these properties are rented out to tenants and are only available exclusively upon request.
GOOD FOR KIDS/PETS? Definitely not. This winery exudes opulence and sophistication.
LARGER OR SMALL GROUPS? Best for groups of 4 or 6 people. They do also have an “events” section which is popular for kitchen teas / birthdays.
LOCATION: About a 15 minute drive from Cape Town City Centre in Constantia. You can take the Cape Town Hop on Hop off bus. Beau Constantia Google Maps Directions.
OTHER RATINGS: Find out what others have to say on the Beau Constantia Review Page.

 

Here is my experience:

The farm is situated right by the big circle which boarders the end of Constantia and the start of Hout Bay.  Blink and you will miss the entrance. As a tip if you are taking the red bus, you can walk from the drop off where they ask you change busses to the wine bus. You don’t need to get into a bus if you want to make this your first stop.

There isn’t much parking so I would recommend an Uber. Also, the walk to the tasting room is quite steep so it is best for a car to drop you off if you can.

The tasting room is exquisite – clean, minimalistic, modern, sophisticated – and the views are incredible!

 

We made our booking for the exact moment when the tasting room opened to ensure we got the best seats in the house. It definitely pays off to be early and to make a booking in advance.

 

There were a good selection of white wines, red wines, Rosé, MCC, Gin and even Vodka! Service is on point so long as it is not too busy. Wine is poured for you and a brief explanation about each wine is given.

 

What’s with the bearded man you may ask? The Pas de Nom Range of wines means “man with no name” which is a tribute to Japie Bronn. He was farm manager at Beau Constantia and dedicated his life to vineyards and wine production. Finding refuge in hiding from the limelight, this wine pays tribute to him in the same humble way that his legend lives on.

If you so happen to Tweet, Facebook or Instagram whilst in the tasting room – show your waiter. Promoting Beau Constantia on Social Media has it’s perks – in the form of a free glass of MCC. They every so often do a sabrage too (opening the MCC with a sword).

 

My favourite wine was the Lucca 2014. Its R245 a bottle and easy to see why. A Bordeaux-style blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc. Only 25 barrels were produced from 9 to 10 year old vines, all planted on Beau Constantia farm itself. The grapes were hand-picked and berry sorted before being fermented. Maturation occurred in 225 litre French oak barrels (95% new and 5% second fill) for 18 months prior to bottling. It’s a big bold red that’s well rounded in fruit, tannin and oak characteristics. A wine you can keep to mature a little longer.

 

 

There isn’t any food available at the tasting room but there is a highly awarded restaurant downstairs. It’s hard to get a booking and it’s quite pricey so be sure to book well in advance.

 

 

Also, do yourself a favour and visit the “loo with a view”. Promise, no one can see you, but you can literally see the whole of Cape Town while you pee.

Beau Constantia room with a view

Back at the tasting room, there is a great section to hire out for events. It’s very popular with birthdays and kitchen teas ladies!

Lastly, be sure to ask to meet the Tasting Room Manager – Johann. He’s a gem and is the driving force behind most of the Marketing and even some of the product including his involvement in making this Vodka!

This Vodka has 23ct gold leaf in it and is a Bea Constantia collaboration with Guy Munton, private artisanal distillery. It’s R375 a bottle which is really good value for a “craft” type vodka which is infused with Naartjie, Saffron and Bergamot

We had a great time and I’m sure you will too.

 

Cheers!

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