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Eat at Constantia Glen and Enjoy a Host of Winter Specials

Found unobtrusively along the forested Constantia Main Road, just before you ascend up Constantia Nek, lies the beautiful Constantia Glen. This boutique wine farm offers visitors both a wonderful tasting room and modern restaurant. And arguably some of the best views that you will encounter anywhere in both. Currently, until end-July 2021, they are running some excellent winter specials when you eat at Constantia Glen’s suave restaurant.

Although honestly, this wine farm is a joy to visit year-round and offers an excellent array of both food and wine.

Plus, it’s perfectly situated within easy driving distance from some of the city’s finest attractions and tourism spots.

Views for Days: Seeing Into Forever

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Cradled between the Constantiaberg and Table Mountain, this estate enjoys incredible, awe-inspiring views across the Constantia Winelands – and indeed, its own neatly maintained vineyards.

Drive up the narrow drive and you are confronted by a Cape Dutch manor house rising imposingly up before you. While on either side, stunning mountain- and farm-scenery abounds.

Navigate a little further up – and the views become even more breathtaking. You should get used to this. Because Constantia Glen is positively swoonworthy no matter where you are. (Even the parking area offers stunning views.)

Savouring Constantia Glen’s Quality Wines

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With sound farming practices and a unique location, this panoramic Constantia estate produces a delightful array of both white and red cool climate wines. (They also offer a delicious-looking rosé.)

Like the setting, which instantly pleases, their carefully handcrafted wines are perfect – and an absolute pleasure to drink.

Situated at an altitude of 130 – 270 metres above sea level, this 60-hectare property has just 29 hectares planted under vine.

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These vineyards are dedicated to producing a maximum of 100 000 bottles annually. This makes their wines, at once, both quality and highly sought-after in nature.

Constantia Glen Flagship Wine Tasting

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During our visit, we were fortunate enough to sample the estate’s iconic Flagship Tasting. Priced at R95 per person, this Flagship tasting allows you to sample four excellent Constantia Glen wines – two whites and two reds respectively.

At the time of our visit, we enjoyed sampling the following Flagship wines:

– 2020 Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc

This unwooded Constantia Sauvignon Blanc received 4 1/2 stars from the renowned Platter’s Wine Guide.

It was a beautiful Sauvignon and the one my friend favoured of the two whites.

Oddly, even though I normally love a pure Sauvignon Blanc, I actually enjoyed the Constantia Glen TWO more.

– 2019 Constantia Glen TWO

This lightly wooded white blend is made up of 67% Sauvignon Blanc and 33% Sémillon. This tastes like the perfect combination too.

This wine also recently won the trophy for the best South African Sauvignon/Sémillon blend at the International Wine Challenge in London.

This was easily my favourite of the two whites. Given the array of accolades and awards this particular wine has amassed, I think it’s safe to say I am in good company with my sentiment.

– 2017 Constantia Glen THREE

Made from three classic Bordeaux varieties – 52% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Franc and 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a beautifully balanced red.

For me personally, this was my stand-out of the two reds that we sampled. (Although my friend preferred the Constantia Glen FIVE.)

– 2018 Constantia Glen FIVE

Lastly, we enjoyed sampling the Flagship Bordeaux-style red blend.  This comprises 30% Cabernet Franc, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 16% Petit Verdot and 10% Malbec.

While I found it lovely, it wasn’t my personal pick of the two reds. Although, in stark contrast, this was the easy (red wine) winner for my friend.

How the Wines Rated

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Personally, I am pleased to award their Constantia Glen Flagship Tasting a very good rating of 9/10 for the whites and 8.5/10 for the reds. The wines were excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed our tasting experience.

Constantia Glen’s wines are beautiful, fresh and wonderfully delicious.

Whether you are a die-hard red or white lover, you will enjoy either option equally when visiting Constantia Glen.

Excellent Wine Tasting Options

I also feel their Flagship tasting is great value for money, as each of the four wines is of the highest quality.

You really can’t go wrong with ordering this wine tasting option. Although their other options, which include the likes of the Van Wyk Family Wines Tasting (the private label of winemaker, Justin van Wyk) and Constantia Glen Full House Tasting, sound equally great.

Overall, I can easily rate the Constantia Glen Flagship tasting 9/10. Each of the wines is easy to drink – and fall in love with from the very first sip.

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Photo credit: Alicia Chamaillé

As a side note, I also love the elegant, yet somehow beautifully understated labelling that Constantia Glen has opted for. It depicts the ancient rubbing technique for transferring an engraved design onto paper.

While enjoying their wines, I also strongly recommend trying one of their amazing-looking platters.

I have not personally sampled these but I have heard great things about them. They also look divine and substantial for a light meal or snack.

Note: Constantia Glen firmly supports responsible drinking. So please either arrange an Uber or assign a designated driver, if you plan to drink.

Tasting Room with a View

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I have visited my fair share of restaurants and wine farm eateries to date, yet few enjoy as stunning a setting as Constantia Glen’s restaurant and tasting room.

The wine tasting area spills outside onto the lawn. It comes complete with cobblestone walkways, beautiful outdoor benches and a truly tranquil location for those who prefer to sit outdoors.

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Photo credit: Alicia Chamaillé

There is indoor seating if needed. Though honestly, if the weather is good, you won’t want to sit indoors.

The views from the tasting room (and the restaurant) are some of the best you will encounter anywhere. They overlook lush, rolling lawns, scenic vineyard-covered hills – and beyond, the fair farmlands and mountains of the Constantia Wine Valley.

Dine in Style at Constantia Glen

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Passing through a covered indoor passageway that joins the tasting room and restaurant, you find the gorgeous Constantia Glen restaurant.

Here, you have a choice between verandah or cobblestone, umbrella-covered seating – or dining inside the beautiful Glass House.

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We were fortunate enough to be seated in the glorious Glass House, with its impressive floor-to-ceiling glass windows and sliding doors.

The Glass House tables offer a kind of greenhouse effect in that you feel as if you are seated half-indoors, half-outside. Sunlight spills down onto sun-drenched steps, as the vineyards loom just a few metres away from your table.

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All round, the views are incredible and no matter where you choose to sit, you enjoy absolutely exquisite views.

The interior decor itself is elegant, yet somehow relaxed. Comfortable wicker chairs, green iron pillars with ornate finishings and white paper-lantern type lights set the tone for laid-back, yet ultra-stylish dining. (There is even a fireplace to keep things cosy but classy inside during wintertime.)

Winter Winners to Delight When You Eat at Constantia Glen

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To keep the winter blues at bay, Constantia Glen recently launched an excellent winter menu.

With a delicious array of soups, hearty mains and satisfying desserts, it is hard to go wrong with any of its meal options.

Choose between hearty mains such as slow-roasted lamb shank, burgers, kingklip in beer batter. Or delicious soups and Flammkuchen, if you prefer something different.

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Either way, you really have a wonderful array of food options at your disposal. Complemented by hot or cold beverages or Constantia Glen wines, it’s hard to go wrong with a brunch, lunch or early dinner at Constantia Glen.

They are also running some excellent winter weekday specials up until end-July 2021. I will touch on these further on. 🙂

To me, everything on the menu sounds great. I also love the restaurant’s sustainably sourced, high quality approach to their ingredients and meals.

Delicious Constantia Glen Eats: Burgers, Soups and Flammkuchen

When we visited, I was torn between their Vegan Burger (made with a homemade mushroom patty) and their Beef Burger.

Beef Burger Delight

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In the end, the homemade Chalmar beef burger, with accompanying large onion rings and perfect skinny fries, won. (You also have a choice between cheddar or gorgonzola cheese. I opted for gorgonzola and it was an excellent topping. Well-balanced without being overpowering in flavour.)

I have zero regrets about my meal choice. This is one of the best burger meals that I have had anywhere. Everything from my patty (cooked to perfection) to the soft, yet sturdy Brioche bun and mouthwateringly good skinny fries and large onion rings was sublime.

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For R140, I also consider this to be a well-priced main meal. It is a generous amount (without being overfilling) and only made using the finest ingredients.

Overall, I rate this meal very highly and award it a 9/10 rating. It was perfectly cooked, needed no added salt or condiments and was, by all accounts, a stunning burger.

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Fabulous Flammkuchen

My friend, meanwhile, was tempted by the Flammkuchen (thinly rolled, wood-fire-oven-baked flatbread) and Trio of Soups.

Upon recommendation from our excellent waiter, Jordan, she decided to order the Caprese Flammkuchen. Priced at R190, this is a rather pricey main but she did really enjoy it.

I sampled a piece of her Flammkuchen and it was perfectly cooked and delicious.

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However, I agreed with her sentiment that it could perhaps have had slightly more topping (especially of the slow-roasted tomatoes).

Otherwise, it was nicely cooked and a great meal. In light of this, she rated her Caprese Flammkuchen 8/10 – a high rating nonetheless.

Ending off on a Sweet Note

With just enough space for dessert, my friend and I opted to split one of their Chocolate Fondant desserts. (These are actually great for two people sharing.)

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Well-priced for R80, this decadent dessert was perfect. Still warm inside, this baked chocolate dessert oozed yumminess. Especially with the accompanying cherry coulis and homemade crème fraîche ice-cream there to gently off-set the chocolate’s faint richness.

We both really enjoyed our attractively presented dessert. I easily rate the Chocolate Fondant dessert as 9.5/10.

Quick Food Service and Excellent Staff

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The restaurant was quiet when we first arrived, especially in the highly-sought after Glass House. Yet even once things got busier, towards 14:00 pm on a gloriously summery Saturday afternoon in mid-June, the socially distanced tables and airflow kept my mind at ease.

So, despite the scary COVID numbers around when we visited, I felt completely at ease, even seated indoors.

In good weather, the sliding doors generally remain open, offering a through-draft, and the strictest COVID protocols are in place.

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Even as you walk down from the parking lot, signs in the garden indicate “No Mask, No Entry”. The estate is doing all they can to maintain a safe environment for both diners and staff.

Despite the restaurant being quite busy, we at no point waited especially long to be served.

Once we ordered, our food was brought through relatively quickly. What’s more, all the staff that we encountered were polite, welcoming and warm.

Our waiter, Jordan, was great, friendly and eager in his duties, without being obtrusive.

Note: For groups of 10 or more, a discretionary 15% service charge will be added.

Winter Specials (Valid Until End July 2021)

If you visit before end-July 2021, you are in luck because Constantia Glen is currently running some excellent food and/or wine weekday specials.

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Monday and Tuesday Specials

If you pop by on Monday or Tuesday, enjoy a delicious, wood-fired Flammkuchen (flatbread) at half-price.

You can also enjoy a complimentary Flagship wine tasting with any main or signature platter ordered.

If these don’t banish the Monday blues, nothing will!

Wednesday and Thursday Special

On Wednesdays and Thursdays, to tide you through that midweek slump, the restaurant is offering a complimentary glass of wine with any main or platter ordered.

Savour these next to the roaring fire inside the Glass House or out in the winter sunshine near the outdoor cobblestone or fountain seating areas.

Friday Specials

Finally, to ease you into the weekend, Constantia Glen is offering a wonderful Friday special to really sweeten things up this winter.

For any two main meals ordered, you will receive a complimentary dessert. As examples, dessert options include delicious chocolate fondant (with homemade ice-cream) or a classic Don Pedro.

Also, if you visit for their Friday Happy Hour (between 17:00 – 19:00 pm), you can enjoy an excellent two-for-one deal on all wines by the bottle or glass. Note: This special applies to sit-down only.

Current Opening Hours and Important Information

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Please note: Current opening times for both the tasting room and restaurant are Monday to Thursday from 10:00 am – 17:00 pm. Fridays to Saturdays from 10:00 am – 20:00 pm. And finally, Sundays from 10:00 am – 18:00 pm.

Also, seating is limited so advance booking is strongly recommended. I recommend booking at least 5-7 days in advance, if possible, to avoid disappointment.

You can book online via their website. Or by contacting the estate directly on either +27 (021) 795 5639 or enquiries@constantiaglen.com.

How It Rated Overall

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Overall, our experience of Constantia Glen’s food and wine offerings and restaurant was an effortless 9/10.

Everything from the beautiful, relaxed setting to the good, professional service and swoonworthy views are ideal for enjoying quality meals and wine.

The estate thrives on quality. It is apparent in everything from their excellent estate wines to their top-knotch food offerings.

A Word of Thanks

I would like to thank Constantia Glen and GC Communications for hosting me for this wonderful food and wine experience.

A special thanks to Shannon Petersen and the entire Constantia Glen restaurant team for this wonderful hosted review experience.

Finally, as always, thank you to my dear friend and travel partner, Alicia, for accompanying me.

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Contact Information

For more information on Constantia Glen, please contact: +27 (021) 795 5639 or email them at reservations@constantiaglen.com.

You can also visit their website or find them for yourself at Constantia Glen, Constantia Main Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

Constantia Glen is also on all leading social media platforms, so be sure to connect with and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Author: Tamlyn Ryan

Content writer by day and blogger by night, Tamlyn Ryan passionately runs her travel blog, called Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust – Travel Writing and Photography, from her home base of Cape Town, South Africa. Despite having a national diploma in Journalism and working as a content writer by day, Tamlyn’s preferred niche remains travel writing.

Tamlyn is a hopeless wanderer, equipped with an endless passion for road trips, carefully planned, holiday itineraries and, above all else, an innate love for the great outdoors.

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