Beau Constantia is a boutique wine farm situated at the top of Constantia Nek overlooking False Bay. Vines are planted at an elevation of 350 metres above sea-level on some of the steepest agricultural slopes in the Cape. These lovingly nurtured vines are spoilt with panoramic views of the Stellenbosch and Helderberg Mountains ranges and over False Bay as far as Hangklip. After devastating fires destroyed the fynbos and pine forests on the property in 2000, the slopes were cleared and terraced, thereby exposing the great potential for the planting of vineyards.
Pierre and Cecily Du Preez purchased the 22-hectare property in 2002 and after extensive soil analysis, the first vineyards were planted in 2003 with the help of dedicated farm manager, Japie Bronn. Development of vineyards on the steep slopes took a lot of patience and effort, but today the farms pride itself with 11.47 hectares under vine. The cultivated varieties include Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Shiraz and Petit Verdot.
The Viognier is showing great promise after the debut wine, the Beau Constantia Cecily Viognier 2010, received the award for the best Viognier at the 2011 Novare Terroir Wine Awards and was also rated 92 points by Neal Martin, who is the Wine Advocate South Africa reviewer for Robert Parker.
Beau Constantia has a second-tier range of wines called Pas De Nom, of which they have a white blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier and a red blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
Beau Constantia has released two premium red blends, each hand-crafted to its own unique style by winemaker, Justin van Wyk. The first being a classic and elegant Bordeaux-style blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, named Lucca. The second premium is a more modern and opulent blend of Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon, named after Lucca’s brother, Aidan.
Monday’s: Closed (Tasting Room and Wine Bar)
Tuesday to Sunday: 11h00 to 18h00 (Tasting Room and Wine Bar)
Closed on Christmas day, Boxing day, Good Friday and New Years Day
Office hours for Reservations: 09h00 to 17h00, Tuesday to Sunday