Constantia Uitsig Country Hotel
Cape Winelands, Constantia Valley, South Africa
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CONSTANTIA UITSIG COUNTRY
- CONSTANTIA VALLEY (CAPE WINELANDS), SOUTH AFRICA
Constantia Uitsig, meaning Constantia View is aptly named for its
unique position which offers wide vistas of the Table Mountain range,
sea and vineyards. Enjoy peace and tranquility on a working wine
farm a mere 20 minutes from the city centre of Cape Town.
Situated on the slopes of the Constantiaberg,
the historic Constantia Uitsig Wine Farm offers you traditional Cape
hospitality in rural seclusion. Guests will marvel at the fertile
valley with its 360-degree vista of the vineyards, mountains and sea.
Here in the first wine producing region
of South Africa the wines which met with Napoleon's approval were made.
Indeed, noble cultivars such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon,
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot still flourish here.
Constantia Uitsig Country
Hotel is internationally recognized for its high standards and personalised
service and offers gracious
furnished garden suites. Lunch
and dinner... experience fine dining cuisine on the Farm at the two award
winning restaurants, La Colombe and Constantia Uitsig Restaurant.
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Accommodation consists of sixteen luxurious garden suites, each with
its own private patio. Furnished individually, each suite has a charm
of its own - with elegance and simplicity the keynotes throughout.
In the shade of century-old oaks you will find our restaurant, a delightful
example of spacious farm architecture. In keeping with its Huguenot
heritage, the gracious restaurants expertly prepare widely varied
Mediterranean Provencale cuisine.
Facilities on the farm include a guest
lounge and bar, swimming pools, walks in the vineyards, horse-riding,
wine tasting, picnics, cricket oval and helicopter flips. Hiking in the
mountains or vineyards and day trips to the Cape Point Nature Reserve
are all favourite past times and Cape Town and Stellenbosch are just
15 and 50 minutes away by car respectively.
The Special Functions and Conference
This private venue with its own dedicated Chef and Kitchen facilities,
the magnificent Constantiaberg Mountains and vineyards, offers a luxurious
setting for many occasions, each carefully tailored to suit your requirements.
The private lawn frontage can accommodate wedding ceremonies or pre-drinks.
Launches, lunches, weddings and other special occasions are catered
for at this delightful venue, where the cuisine and setting are complemented
by the charm of the serving staff, and where a cigar or cognac can
be enjoyed in the cosy bar area.
Conference delegates can enjoy a sophisticated venue allowing them
to focus on the business at hand in tranquil surroundings, only 20
minutes away from the city centre and waterfront.
The Constantia Uitsig Cricket Oval
The Constantia Uitsig Cricket Oval plays host to international teams
and is available to local players and businesses for incentives, launches,
team building, meetings or a day spent with family and friends. After
cricket matches or for any other occasion, guests can enjoy delicious
fish, spit or traditional braais (barbeques) under the poplar trees.
The delightful Victorian styled
cricket pavilion with its poplar surrounded oval is renowned by
cricket connoisseurs as the most picturesque of
grounds with its delightful Victorian Styled Pavillion.
Each restaurant at Constantia Uitsig
Estate - Constantia Uitsig, La Colombe and the Spaanschemat River Café -
has it own distinctive and clearly defined style, but what they all
common is inspiration, passion, adventure,
Housed in the original Cape Dutch Homestead and offering breathtaking
views of the surrounding mountains and vineyards, Constantia Uitsig
Restaurant under the expert hand of the Head Chef, Frank Swainston
has earned an international reputation for emanating a stylish, yet
relaxed atmosphere and promising a memorable dining experience.
Frank believes in combining local and
international flavours to create an unique culinary experience, complemented
your choice of award
winning wines. “I like simple food, prepared with thought, love
and care. That’s our secret at Constantia Uitsig.” - Frank
La Colombe Restaurant
Restaurant was again voted the Top Restaurant in South Africa
for the second consecutive
year by Business Day,
the National morning newspaper. Tucked away under gigantic palms
and oak trees, La Colombe exudes a rustic charm and is housed in
the completely restructured guest breakfast room with direct frontage
onto the pristine blue swimming pool and its manicured garden surround.
As Franck Dangereux, Head Chef says, “A meal should stimulate
more than just the sense of taste – it must be a visual experience
La Colombe’s menu – written up in French on a blackboard
and translated, like poetry, by the waiting staff – changes
every day, depending on what’s available. The food is always
sensual, stylish, distinctly French. “I use local ingredients,
cooked the french way.” Says Franck.
Adventurous flavour combinations and gorgeous presentation - the
accent being on fresh and healthy eating. All this whilst seated
in a tranquil garden setting with views of the Constantiaberg Mountains.
"Coffee shop it can be, if you want it, but it's also a restaurant
of rare sophistication" - Shirley Grace
Constantia Uitsig is situated in the historic Constantia
Valley, where wine farming originated in South Africa. Surrounded
by mountains, this beautiful valley is blessed with moderate temperatures,
excellent soils, good rainfall and cooling sea breezes from two
close-by oceans making it the ideal area for growing top class
grapes and world renowned wines.
Simon Van der Stel recognized the
wine growing potential here over 300 years ago
when he established the first wine farms of South Africa in the
Napoleon drank Constantia Wines when he was incarcerated on St
Helena in the early 1800’s.
David and Marlene McKay bought
the farm in 1988 and have restored it to its former glory. Wine
farming has been revived
after careful research and planning by the Wine Director, Andre
Badenhorst. With 40 hectares under cultivation, the farm produces award winning
wines including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, Cabernet
Sauvignon and Merlot.
Although the first wines were only produced six years ago, accolades
for the Constantia Uitsig Wines already include Veritas Gold and
Double Gold awards, Michelangelo awards and Silver at the London
International Wine Challenge.
Constantia Uitsig Wine Shop
in the heart of Constantia, you can visit one of the most beautiful
wine estates in the world
and purchase the finest wines from over 60 Cape estates all under
one roof, including Constantia Uitsig's own wines and the surrounding
valley wines, all in the most agreeable of surroundings. Under
the expert guidance of Kathy Cassells, Constantia Uitsig Wine Shop
will be happy to advise you on which wines to serve at your next
function, be it in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, London, New
York or Paris. Yes, deliveries can be arranged to most cities in
South Africa and overseas.
Group tastings of the Constantia Uitsig award winning wines can
be scheduled for groups of up to 40 people.
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