Until recently I was blissfully unaware of the many gems studding the Constantia Wine Route. More fool me! Luckily the good folks at GC Communications have been keeping me abreast of events and delights along this route, as well as dropping off some wondrous samples of that region’s wines. Happy days!
Steeped in history, Constantia is the oldest wine-producing region in South Africa, dating back to 1685. It is known for producing Bordeaux-style, cool climate premium wines.
Constantia Glen is one of the first estates along the route, just below Constantia Neck, with spectacular views, great wines and gorgeous platters to share. The wine tasting experience ranges from the Classic tasting of five wines at R55 per person, to the Premium tasting that includes all seven of their wines at R80 per person. If you purchase wine to the value of R300, one wine tasting fee will be waived. Constantia Glen is happy to have added a wine and chocolate pairing to their current repertoire of tasting experiences available at the tasting room. You may also enjoy one of the popular Cheese & Charcuterie Platters to accompany the award-winning wines.
They’ve just made some new additions to their summer menu, and just look at what’s on offer there:
Recently released, the Rosemarie & Funa Brut Rosé Méthode Cap Classique is available exclusively at the Constantia Glen tasting room. This vivacious Cap Classique with its striking salmon hue is named after Rosemarie Waibel whose father, Manfred, acquired Constantia Glen in the late 1950s, and her beloved Welsh Corgi, Funa.
Enjoy this spirited Brut Rosé with one of two French breakfast options available until noon seven days a week at the tasting room. Both are served with a glass of the Rosemarie & Funa Brut Rosé and tea or coffee. Choose between a freshly baked croissant served with cheese and jam at R120 or smoked trout ribbons, dill and lemon crème fraîche at R140.
The Rosemarie & Funa Brut Rosé MCC is available for purchase at a cellar-door price of R250 per bottle.
Experience a sensory summer at Constantia Glen
Awaken your senses this summer at Constantia Glen, the beautiful boutique wine estate situated only 20 minutes from the Cape Town city centre. With extended opening hours and new taste partners added to their popular selection of platters, summer at Constantia Glen is sure to be a feast.
In addition to their sought-after platters of artisanal cheese and charcuterie, guests can look forward to three new items on the menu for summer. Indulge in a roasted beetroot, goats cheese and walnut salad; an open sandwich with oak-smoked trout ribbons, cream cheese and cucumber pickle or a generous antipasto platter ideal for sharing. Each of these can be perfectly paired with one of Constantia Glen’s cool climate wines for a sensory summer taste experience.
Whether you prefer to kick start your day early, enjoy a laid back lunch or watch the sun set over outstretched vineyards, the Constantia Glen tasting room is the perfect setting – open until 20h00 daily from 15 November onwards for this festive season.
The beetroot and goats cheese salad and oak-smoked trout open sandwich are available at the tasting room at R95 each. The antipasto platter for two is R300 and wines are available by the glass from R50.
Known for exceptional cool climate Bordeaux-style red and white wines, Constantia Glen is open seven days a week from 10h00 till 20h00 for the festive season. The tasting room will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Look out for the Constantia Glen signs towards the top of Constantia Main Road. Call 021-7955639, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.constantiaglen.com, www.facebook.com/ConstantiaGlen or follow @ConstantiaGlen on Twitter and Instagram. The GPS co-ordinates are S 34º 0’39.6” E 18º 24’30.6”.