Eagles Nest is cradled in a secluded valley high up on the slopes of the historic Constantia mountain range, which forms part of the World Heritage Site, Table Mountain.
The farm’s origins can be traced back to 1836 when it was used as a refreshment station between the area now known as Wynberg in the east, and the harbour of Hout Bay in the west. In order to make this journey, travellers had to cross the mountain pass, now known as Constantia Neck. In 1984, the 38ha farm was purchased by the Mylrea family. After devastating fires that raged through the Cape in the summer of 2000, the farm was mostly destroyed, except for the historic buildings.
Being part of the world famous Constantia Valley, known for its award-winning wines, they decided to plant the farm with varieties that best suited the unique terroir of Eagles Nest. They believe that winemaking starts in the vineyard. Primarily with rootstock and clone selection, secondly with an individual block and vine management and finally, with fastidious disease control. The vineyards are maintained by hand throughout the year. Eagles’ Nest is planted predominantly to Shiraz, Merlot and Viognier. The decision to plant these grape varieties was done after extensive soil and climatic research to ensure that what was planted was best suited to the unique terroir. The vineyards are planted on some of the steep agricultural slopes in South Africa and therefore a unique terracing system has been made use of, to maximise the sunlight hours the vines receive.
OPENING TIMES: Monday to Sunday: 10h00 to 16h30
Wine tastings cost R50 per person.