With sweeping vineyard and mountain views, Constantia Glen is breathtaking. It’s a picturesque boutique wine estate that proudly dates back to 1685, producing easy drinking, cool climate wines. It is one place I will return to again and again and again for my favourite food in the world – cheese, wine, bread and charcuterie. And man this place does it the best.
Wine farms in the Cape often skimp on their cheese platters, providing a less than partial serving of cheese with a few crackers or flakes of bread – but are comfortable charging convoluted prices. It’s outrageous. But not at Constantia Glen. Order the cheese and charcuterie platter stacked full of four different cheeses, three types of charcuterie, a warm and irresistibly breakable baguette, Shiraz grape jelly, rooibos-infused butter, gherkins and caper berries (R135). And you can even order more bread if you so wish – and I seriously suggest you do.
Devour this platter without guilt or affliction, obviously, while sipping a glass overlooking the sun-glistened valley. Choose from a selection of their wines, or pair it with a tasting of wines available in the cellar. Tastings range from R40 to R70 per person, and includes between four to six wines to taste. (If you purchase wine to the value of R150, one wine tasting fee will be waived).
Exploring the range of wines while enjoying the gorgeous views from the tasting room and the vineyards is a rare pleasure. When locals keep going back for more, you know it’s something extra special. On sunny summer’s days or when it’s clear winter skies, I long to be in one place and one place only: Constantia Glen.
Photography Dearheart Photos Words Lisa Wallace