Steenberg—a wine destination with a difference…Spoil yourself in the Constantia Valley at this superb wine farm.
The oldest registered wine estate in the Cape, Steenberg in Constantia is a delight to visit. Beautifully situated with the Steenberg Mountains as a backdrop and the whole of the Constantia Valley before you, the eye is never bored as the vistas never cease to beguile one.
Another good reason to visit there is their two excellent restaurants, Catharina’s and Bistro 1682, named for the year in which Steenberg was granted as a farm to Catharina Ustings Ras, a German immigrant to the Cape. The range of wines has something for most tastes and pockets with their superb bubbly called, (guess what?)1682, a 100% Chardonnay knockout leading the pack.
The Icon Magna Carta, a two white varietal blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, although heftily priced, is superb, while the Chardonnay in the premium range is a fresh and elegant –not to mention more affordable—white choice.
The reds , too, especially the one they call Echo, a Bordeaux style Cabernet Sauvignon led blend and the Super Premium Merlot –knockouts—are more than worthy of your attention. The wine-tasting can take place at the counter in their high ceilinged modern facility, in the lounge while you relax, or outside on the terrace overlooking the elegant rim flow pools.
Be aware there is a small fee levied and if you have more than 12 guests you can book their Executive Tasting Lounge—now there’s a different kind of birthday gift. If it all gets too much for you, why not splurge and book into their fabulous hotel—just the way to spoil a special person in your life?
Words: Greg Landman