Tasty platters and stunning views at Constantia Glen

Today we’re headed into the mountainous land of forests and vineyards that is beautiful Constantia for lunch at Constantia Glen.

This beautiful vineyard sits just below Constantia Nek nestling in the valley with a mountain backdrop and vines as far as the eye can see. Constantia is the oldest wine producing region in South Africa, they started here in 1685. So they’ve had some practice – and you can tell. Constantia Glen’s wine is nothing short of spectacular.

They produce only four wines – two whites and two reds – and they’re all wonderful though our favourite is the Constantia Glen Three – a classic Constantia/Bourdeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. It’s just heavenly – even more so if you’re sitting at Constantia Glen sipping on it. Settled with our joyous glassfuls, it was time for lunch.

What’s on the menu

It’s a simple menu with a selection of tasty platters, pizzas, a soup dish and a couple of salads to choose from. The classic charcuterie and cheese offering dishes up a fine mix of tastiness.

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The tasty meat and cheese platter

Today’s soup was a rich and satisfying goulash given a local touch by being served in a potjie – a round, last iron three-legged pot that’s usually used for cooking over a fire.

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The rich goulash in a traditional potjie

My South African platter came loaded with all sorts of delish local delicacies like biltong, bobotie, smoked snoek pate and a beautiful loaf of pot bread.

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A platter of local specialities

Thinly sliced exotic ostrich bresaola was served topped with parmesan, rocket and olive oil.

Constantia Glen: bresaola

Beautifully vibrant bresaola

Constantia Glen is one of those places you simply can’t resist taking a pano on your phone. Here it is in all its lush greenness.

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Panoramic views taken on pano

Constantia Glen: view

The stunning green and blue landscape

Constantia Glen is at in the Constantia Valley just below Constantia Nek.

 

 

 

Chilled out lunch at Constantia Glen

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.

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A picture-perfect view to enjoy

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.

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A mix charcuterie and cheese platter. Yummy!

And here’s the view from another angle in its magnificent blues and greens.

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Wonderful vineyard and mountain views

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Constantia Glen’s Five is a stunning red

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.