I’m very fortunate to have the leafy green valley of Constantia right on my doorstep and I love to explore it’s many secrets as often as I can, and I’m still surprised and delighted by unexpected revelations!
Last week I was given a sneak peek at a rather exciting revelation regarding the Constantia Valley…
The gorgeous wine estates of the Constantia Valley offer some of finest wines in the world as well as iconic Cape Dutch and contemporary architecture.
During May 2020 the owners and wine makers of these iconic wine estates are opening their cellar doors and estate gates in a series of exclusive events sprinkled throughout the month all aimed at helping visitors to the valley unwrap Constantia.
There will be various ways to enjoy the CONSTANTIA UNWRAPPED experience. Firstly through a limited edition CONSTANTIA UNWRAPPED tasting ticket which will allow visitors to meander through the wine farms of the valley at their leisure. This ticket will allow guests to enjoy wine tastings in each wine estate tasting room on the Constantia Wine Route. The wines to be tasted will be advertised in each tasting room. The ticket costs R200 and is valid for the month of May and can be used on any day of the week. On completion of all the wine tastings on offer, the completed tasting card can be handed in at any wine estate and one lucky person will win the full range of tasting wines showcased.
Another way to enjoy this exciting new event is by purchasing tickets to one of the ten unique events on offer across the various estates. These exclusive events have limited tickets so it is best to book early via Webtickets.
CONSTANTIA UNWRAPPED EVENT CALENDAR
Here is a list of curated experiences at each farm during the month of May…
1. KICK OFF CONCERT | BEAU CONSTANTIA | Friday 1 May | 15:00 – 21:00
The month begins with a KICK OFF CONCERT at the magnificent amphitheatre at Beau Constantia. Guests will enjoy a line-up of live music, kicking off from 15h00 as we watch the sunset over the gorgeous Constantia Valley. Food trucks, Beau Constantia wines and Jack Black beer with be on offer.
2. GRAND CONSTANCE | GROOT CONSTANTIA | Every Friday in May | 11:00 & 14:00
Groot Constantia, the oldest wine farm in South Africa, is offering an exclusive GRAND CONSTANCE experience in their private, never before used room located under the historical Manor House. Explore a flight of vertical tastings of Grand Constance, the sweet wine that put Constantia on the world map. The tasting will be followed by a plate of Cape Malay canapés with a glass of Groot Constantia Shiraz or Sauvignon Blanc. The tastings are available every Friday for the month of May 2020. By appointment only.
3. GLORIOUS GLEN | CONSTANTIA GLEN | Sunday 3 & 24 May | 11:00 – 14:30
Enjoy a magnificent Sunday on the beautiful Constantia Glen as you wander through the vineyards to the gravity fed cellar for a wine tasting journey through past and present wines from the estate. GLORIOUS GLEN will showcase the beauty of the estate and its gorgeous wines followed by Charcuterie & Cheese platters at the restaurant.
4. SPECTACULAR SAUVIGNON | BUITENVERWACHTING | Thursday 7 May | 18:30 – 20:00
A special Masterclass experience will be on offer at the Buitenverwachting Manor House showcasing SPECTACULAR SAUVIGNON with Jon Meinking from The SA Wine Showcase. Jon will take guest on a Sauvignon Blanc journey through the Valley, a memorable experience. The evening will continue at Buitenverwachting Restaurant with a fine dining experience like no other.
5. SUPERB SHIRAZ | EAGLE’S NEST | Saturday 9 May | 17:00 – 20:00
Join Eagles Nest for an unforgettable SUPERB SHIRAZ experience; you will be taken on a 4×4 tour through the picturesque mountain vineyards, followed by a trip down memory lane in the form of a tutored tasting of 10 vintages of the iconic Eagles Nest Shiraz, perfectly paired with a gourmet dinner.
6. CONSTANTIA WHITE LAUNCH | BUITENVERWACHTING | Thursday 14 May | 18:00 – 21:00
Constantia Wine Route and negociant Wade Bales will be launching the 2019 CONSTANTIA WHITE at Buitenverwachting – join us and be the first to taste this incredible blend from the best selection of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon from the Constantia Wine Route. A wonderful collaboration combing the talents of the winemakers from the farms in Constantia. This wine embodies the signature regional style of Constantia. The evening also includes a walk around tasting of the wines from the estates in Constantia and a harvest style food table.
7. SAUVVY SUNSET | SILVERMIST | Friday 15 May | 17:30 – 20:30
Silvermist Organic Wine Estate welcomes you to a SAUVVY SUNSET evening hosted by Silvermist and Nova Zonnestraal winemakers. Enjoy incredible views of the Cape Peninsula from the very top of the Constantia Valley. Surround sound music will fill the air, Sauvignon Blanc will full your glass and a delicious South Africa braai delicacies will be served. A breathtaking view and experience awaits you.
8. CELEBRATING VINTAGE | KLEIN CONSTANTIA | Saturday 16 May | 14:00 – 22:00
CELEBRATING VINTAGE with a Gatsby Glamour event at Klein Constantia on the beautiful lawns of the Manor House. Enjoy live entertainment, curated hor d’ouvres, ‘champagne’ tower and a wine bar with the best of Klein Constantia. An unforgettable afternoon in an incredible setting.
9. RUN THIS WAY | STEENBERG | Saturday 31 May | 07:30 – 10:00
For the fit savvy, it’s time for RUN THIS WAY with Steenberg and enjoy the beauty of the Constantia Valley as your run or walk through the vineyards on a 5km or 10km loop. Enjoy a glass of the famous Steenberg 1682 Chardonnay MCC at the finish. Delicious breakfast treats and hot chocolate will be available to purchase at the start and during the course of the morning. Incredible prizes available after the race while you sip on your bubbles.
10. NIGHTS OF NUANCES AT NORVAL | NORVAL FOUNDATION | Saturday 31 May | 19:00 – 22:00
A spectacular evening of the finest Art, Wine & Food at The Norval Foundation Art Museum and Sculpture Garden with The Skotnes Restaurant and The Constantia Wine Route. Wander through Norval Foundation’s galleries and enjoy tastings of 10 Flagship wines from The Constantia Wine Route, perfectly paired with canapés from Skotnes Restaurant. Enjoy live music as your senses are indulged.
Please note all tickets are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.
As you can see it’s quite an incredible opportunity to discover the hidden gems of this beautiful wine route and learn more about the wonderful wines within the Constantia Valley.
Each ticket costs R200 and enables you to enjoy two tastings in each wine estate tasting room on the Constantia Wine Route. The wines to be tasted will be advertised at the tasting room. This ticket is valid of the full month of May and can be used on any day of the month.
Participating Wine Farms:
Steenberg, Constantia Uitsig, Buitenverwachting (closed on Sundays), Klein Constantia, Groot Constantia, Eagles Nest, Constantia Glen, Beau Constantia and Silvermist Vineyards.
WIN WITH CONSTANTIA UNWRAPPED
Once lucky Becoming you reader stands a chance of winning a set of two general tickets to enjoy wine tastings for all the Constantia Valley wine farms. PLUS 2 x tickets to the Constantia White to be held at Buitenverwachting on Thursday 19 May. You may even bump into someone your recognise 🙂
Plus one more chance to win
While unwrapping Constantia, remember to “TAG YOUR SWAG” by posting pictures of you and your friends during the month of May with the hashtag #constantiaunwrapped.
The most incredible picture will win the full range of tasting wines showcased as part of the CONSTANTIA UNWRAPPED General Wine Tastings.
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