Constantia’s history dates back to 1685 when Simon van der Stel named his property after the daughter of the benefactor who granted him a farm nestled beneath a picturesque mountain range. The lush setting and moderate temperatures of Constantia Uitsig bode well for farming and van der Stel set to work planting orchards and vineyards.
Constantia is thus the oldest wine-producing region in the Southern Hemisphere – with an uninterrupted history of wine making that spans over 300 years.
Having subsequently been subdivided into smaller farms, Constantia Uitsig is now one of a select handful of wine estates that together make up the Constantia Valley Wine Route.
There’s no denying that Constantia Uitsig has a long and rich heritage behind it. But it’s the prospect of what lies ahead that burns brightest in our hearts – not simply in the years to come, but in the generations to come too.
Rooted in the past, we seek to be a haven from the present, and a gift for the future. That’s why we’re passionate about sustainability. Upholding an uncompromising commitment to the greenest building and farming practices, we hope to create a space that is at once beautiful, biodiverse and gentle on the environment.
With a genuine desire to share our farm with the public, and together with them, celebrate the natural beauty of our surroundings, Uitsig is home to The Open Door restaurant in the old River Café premises, our own wine shop and tasting facilities, as well as a Bike Park. Once the setting for some of the Cape’s most loved and respected restaurants, as well as a popular Hotel and Spa.
As supporters of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI), we are in the process of ensuring our farm is as free of alien vegetation as possible. Where trees have been felled, for this reason, their wood will be incorporated into future building alterations.
Speaking of which, our new buildings at Uitsig rely on age-old building wisdom and integrity too. Wherever possible, we’ve used what we’ve found on the farm – from the timber beams and tables to the sand in the cement that holds everything together.
Our new wine shop marries rustic charm with warm hospitality. So pull up a chair around our oak table and prepare to meet some memorable wines.
Wine tastings are by appointment only, at a cost of R50.00 per person. This season, we will be showcasing the following five wines in our tasting sessions: MCC 2012, Red Horizon 2012, Constantia White 2013, Semillon 2014, Unwooded Chardonnay 2014.
Open 5 days a week, Wednesdays through to Sundays from 10h00 to 18h00, our temporary wine shop marries rustic charm with warm hospitality.
The Wine Shop is also proud to stock goods from Brenda’s Deli.