One of the many attractions that Cape Town offers is its wine. There are several wine regions around the Mother City where you can pop in for a tasting and to stock up your cellar, or settle in for a leisurely lunch. The Constantia area is only 20 minutes from the centre of town and is the oldest wine producing region in South Africa, dating back to 1685. There are several vineyards to visit here and today we’re at the stunning venue of Constantia Glen.
It’s amazing that you can be in a city, yet feel like you’ve been transported away to a private paradise in the mountains. Sitting looking over the Constantia Valley with vines as far as the eye can see, sapphire blue skies and rugged mountains framing the picture, an instant contentment washes over you. And that’s before you’ve even tasted the wonderful wine.
Constantia Glen makes just four wines, the Two, Three and Five, as well as a special Sauvignon Blanc. They are all fabulous, so don’t stress about which one you order. I guarantee you’ll want to take some home with you, too.
And then there’s the food. A simple menu offering choice platters makes ordering life easy. We tucked into two meat and cheese combination platters between the four of us. I love a good platter and these are great. The freshest of (still warm) bread and a good selection of meats and cheeses that go perfectly with the wine.
And here’s the view from another angle in its magnificent blues and greens.
This is a popular place and the hot summer’s day that I visited it was heaving. Service was still smooth and friendly and it’s hard to imagine a more beautiful and laid-back place to spend an afternoon. I intend to do just that as often as I can!
Constantia Glen is off Constantia Main Road in Cape Town.