Wine-Tasting Platters On The Lawn at Buitenverwachting

Wine-Tasting Platters On The Lawn at Buitenverwachting

Eat, drink and soak up the summer sun, with a delicious platter on the rolling lawns of this picturesque wine farm in the Constantia Valley.

This historic wine farm, founded by the Cape’s first governor, Simon van der Stel, is rich in history and bucolic charm. The acclaimed restaurant offers a top-drawer dining experience with mesmerising views, but if it’s a picnic you’re after, the estate’s Wine Tasting Centre, housed in a traditional thatched-roof wine cellar, offers delicious platters that can be enjoyed on the estate’s lush lawns. Of course, you’ll also have the opportunity to sample some of the estate’s fine vintages…

Scenic snacking

The journey to the estate is an experience in itself, as the road takes you through sprawling vineyards, and around a paddock where horses trot about freely and cows graze peacefully. Then, once you’ve ordered your platter from the tasting centre, settle on the lawn and savour your selection of charcuterie for two, complete with four cheeses, three pâtés and a fresh baguette, accompanied by superb wine in the warmth of the sun. The views of the majestic Constantiaberg Mountains are spectacular, with 250-year-old trees completing the picture. Craft beers are available for non-wine drinkers.

This slice of tranquillity, with a side helping of farm-fresh deliciousness, is less than a 20-minute drive from the city centre. There’s hardly a better way to while away an afternoon.

Good to know

  • The estate’s Wine Tasting Centre works on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The wine tasting fee is refunded on purchase of wine.


Klein Constantia Road Constantia Cape Town


021 794 5190


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Time of publication: 26 April 2018