Situated at the top of the winding Constantia Nek, Beau Constantia overlooks False Bay and its vines are planted on some of the steepest agricultural slopes in the Cape. The property is relatively new, with the first vines planted in 2003. Despite the challenges of planting on the steep slopes and the relatively small size of the estate, there’s still space for varietals including Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Shiraz and Petit Verdot.
Refreshingly – if not a little confusingly – the wines are named for family members: white blends Cecily and Pierre, Shiraz-only Stella, a Merlot & Cabernet Franc Blend (Lucca) and Shiraz, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot blend (Aidan). There’s also a lifestyle range called Pas de Nom, comprising a white blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier, a red blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, a Rosé and a non-vintage MCC.
The views across the vineyards and all the way to the Bay are mesmerising and showcased to the maximum by the ‘glass box’ design of the Tasting Room (and, indeed, one of the most scenic bathroom facilities in the world!).
The tasting team largely let the wines speak for themselves, with just a basic explanation to start with – but have a depth of knowledge that rewards questions, which they’ll engage incredibly passionately, about. There’s also a house gin and two vodkas on the tasting menu – try them if you dare!
The Beau Constantia Tasting Room is open Tuesday – Sunday from 11:00 – 18:00, 360 days a year.
The beautiful Tasting Room is relatively small, so it’s advisable to make an advance booking to ensure you get a spot. Ask for a seat around the edges for the best opportunity to enjoy unobstructed views across the valley – though there’s no such thing as a ‘bad seat’.
1043 Constantia Main Road,