Beau Constantia’s tasting room is essentially a glass box hovering above the pristine Constantia Valley. Unlike many other estates in the Cape, this one uses modern architecture to showcase the views. Clean lines, a panoramic outlook and a comfortable outside area make this an atmospheric estate to visit regardless of the weather.
1043 Constantia Main Rd, Glen Alpine, Constantia, South Africa, +27 21 794 8632
The Constantia Valley is home to some of the oldest wine estates in the country. Though many choose to follow the crowds to the popular Groot Constantia, the less visited Klein Constantia next door is arguably more beautiful and less trafficked. Its location on the slopes of the Constantiaberg Mountains means incredible views over False Bay, and the 330-year-old history shows through in the grand trees and classic Cape Dutch architecture.
37 Klein Constantia Rd, Nova Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 794 5188
Vergelegen may be a mouthful to pronounce, but it’s worth battling your way through the Dutch word in order to make your way here. It’s one of the Cape’s oldest and most beautiful estates and boasts 300 years of history. You can explore this by touring the old homestead, camphor forest and manicured gardens. In summer, the spectacular rose garden is a true focal point. The wines regularly win awards and they offer tastings as well as prepared picnic baskets to enjoy outdoors.
Lourensford Rd, Somerset West, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 847 2100
The drive to Uva Mira sets the perfect tone for a visit to this exquisite estate, and you might think that views can’t get much better than this. That is, until you step through into the remarkable tasting room. The views from there stretch out all the way to False Bay, and combined with a tasting of their unique wines it makes for a pretty special afternoon.
Annandale Road, Stellenbosch, South Africa, +27 21 880 1683
Warwick has traditionally produced some of the Cape’s most awarded wines, but they shot to fame locally for their popular picnics on their lush lawns. The views across the estate and over the dam are impressive, and there’s a relaxed atmosphere here that’s a refreshing change in the often traditional wine industry. They offer a 4×4 trip across their farm that offers insight into their varietals and takes you up to some of the best vantage points, where the views are simply incredible.
R44, Stellenbosch, South Africa, +27 21 884 4410