A taste of Cape Town
I absolutely love a glass of wine, so on a recent trip to Cape Town it was a must that I visited some of its famous wine regions to taste some local produce. When it comes to wines from South Africa my knowledge is pretty limited, so a trip here was the perfect excuse for me to learn a little more about my favourite drink – and hopefully find a couple of bottles to bring back!
Famous wine regions, such as Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, surround Cape Town but you don’t even have to leave the city to visit the country’s oldest wine area, Constantia. Dating back to the 1685, the Constantia Wine Route lays claim to being the birthplace of the wine farm industry in South Africa and is only 20 minutes outside the city.
We spent a full day at Groot Constantia – South Africa’s oldest wine producing estate. As you enter the picturesque wine valley you can smell the Sauvignon Blanc in the air, and the historical core of the estate where you find the 17th century manor house greets you. The view in front of this beautiful building is stunning, and most certainly puts you in the perfect mind-set to experience the award-winning selection of wines on offer.
We tasted five high quality wines, and learnt about their histories, serving suggestions, serving temperatures, fermentation methods and maturation methods. The best way to get the most out of your experience is to be advised by the staff on the best wines – with this you’ll learn about the history of the farm and the process of making the particular wine.
We tasted a 2017 Blanc De Noir made up of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, a Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, made with 74% Sauvignon Blanc and 24% Semillon, a 2016 bottle of Sauvigon Blanc, followed by my absolute favourite a delightful Gouverneurs Reserve, created with 75% Semillon and 25% Sauvignon Blanc.
White wine is my ultimate go to, but when in South Africa it only felt right to give the infamous red wines a try. We went for a 2015 Gouverneurs Reserve, made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot and a Constantia Rood, made with Merlot, Pinotage, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Both red wines tasted delicious and full of flavour but I’ll always remain loyal to my favourite white wines.
While enjoying the copious amounts of wine and taking a look around, I saw that Groot Constantia is one of Cape Town’s Big 6. The Big 6 includes V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain Cableway, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Robben Island Museum and Cape Point so we knew we definitely picked the correct wine estate to visit on our trip.
Full of wine and feeling a little tipsy we left Groot Constantia full of knowledge and a new found love for wine tasting.