Meet my second wine farm visit in the Constantia Wine Route – Eagle’s Nest Wines! Despite this being a well known winery in Constantia, it is still a family run, boutique wine farm. Better known for their red wine, if you love Shiraz, Merlot and cheese platters in a family setting – then this one is a winner!
BOOKINGS & WINE TASTINGS: R65 for 5 wines. Wine list March 2018. Be sure to book in advance and be prepared for a slow and restful afternoon. The farm sometimes gets very busy with the red bus tour and therefore on some occasions, service may be lacking. During my three separate visits to this farm in my lifetime, I experienced great service every time.
WHEN TO GO: Suitable for the summer or winter months but I would say better in the summer months (November – March) because you can relax outside in the garden and enjoy some wonderful cheese platters.
LENGTH OF VISIT: If you book a table and enjoy some platters, this visit could take up to 3 hours.
RESTAURANT: No. Despite there being a few platters and other beverages to choose from, Eagle’s Nest Wines does not have a restaurant. Have a look at their Platters menu March 2018.
OTHER AMENITIES: Eagle’s Nest will be introducing wine safari’s upon special request. Enquire in advance. This farm is also part of the Cape Town Red bus wine tour.
GOOD FOR KIDS/PETS? Yes. I would however caution that there are wine farm dogs already on the farm, roaming freely. They are friendly.
LARGER OR SMALL GROUPS? Best for groups of 4 or 6 people.
LOCATION: About a 15 minute drive from Cape Town City Centre in Constantia. You can take the Cape Town Hop on Hop off bus. Eagle’s Nest Google Maps Directions.
OTHER RATINGS: Find out what others have to say on the Eagle’s Nest Trip Advisor Review Page.
Here is my experience:
The first time I visited this farm was a while ago as part of the Cape Town City Sightseeing bus (hop on hop off/red bus tour). We were a massive group of young party-goers and I was sure that the farm would kick us out. We couldn’t get a table because you are supposed to book in advance but we were quite happily accommodated by the staff. Instead of being shunned away, we were able to purchase a couple of bottles of wine to share amongst us whilst sitting on the grass, under the trees.
On my second and more “official” visit, I booked in advance to be sure I got a table under the trees outside and it was so worth it!
The entrance to the farm just reminds you of the history here in the Constantia wine valley – the oldest wine producing region in the Southern Hemisphere. Eagle’s Nest dates back to 1836 but had to be re-built after a devastating fire that swept the region in 2000. Despite this set-back, the “old dutch” architecture remains.
Here’s the tasting room – small and intimate.
Obviously, the garden’s are way better though!
Just before lunch, I tried out the new wine safari tours offered by the estate.
This tour takes you up over 400m above sea level where you can taste wine literally on top of Cape Town. I mean, I could see the ocean on the other side of the peninsular!
The vineyards at Eagle’s Nest are planted on some of the steepest agricultural slopes in South Africa. Whilst you are on a wine safari – be sure to keep your eye out for the Eagles! If you spot one, you are in for some good luck!
The tour lasted about an hour. You will certainly walk away with some new facts about the farm plus a satisfied palate 🙂 Just look at these gorgeous grapes which were almost ready for picking.
Speaking of food, I was starting to feel a bit peckish and was really looking forward to some wine and cheese! This platter below cost R300 and was plenty for two people to share. The bread is freshly baked on the farm and I found myself ordering more – I just could not get enough of this yummy bread!
Definitely a wine to take note of is their flagship Shiraz 2014 which has won many accolades. The wine spent 16 months in French Oak barrels and has a wonderful palate of red berries and layers of spice. The longer I drank it, the better it tasted as the layers of flavours opened up – especially when paired with ham and cheese.
A special thanks to Du Toit of Eagle’s Nest for making my wine safari adventure and wine tasting so enjoyable.
So which farm will be next? 🙂