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Winemaker Justin van Wyk, the sage behind Constantia Glen’s acclaimed cool climate wines, is celebrating a decade of winemaking prowess crafting South African benchmark Bordeaux-style wines. Constantia Glen is the perfect fit for van Wyk, who cut his teeth on Bordeaux wines while spending a harvest at St Emilion in France, exactly 10 years ago during his early winemaking career. His love for this time honoured wine culture has stood him in good stead after joining Constantia Glen as assistant winemaker in 2008.

EAGLES NEST WINES

Eagles Nest was initially purchased by the Mylrea family in 1984. Unfortunately, the harmful fires of the year 2000 did extensive damage to the farm. It was later revived and varieties that are most suitable for the unique terroirs were planted. During the colonial period, there was a section of land along the Constantia mountain range, used as a refreshment station between Wynberg and Hout Bay. Currently the farm produces wines such as Shiraz, Merlot, Viognier and the Little Eagle Rose amongst others, which is a testament to the unique terroir and attention to detail.  

Quality Wines and Family Friendly

Constantia Uitsig has a vibrant history of wine production, but it prides itself on its commitment to a green building, farming practices and its bio-diversity. The farm aims to become a haven for both indigenous flora and bird populations. Methods utilised by Constantia Uitsig includes the use of cover cropping, mulching and integrated pest management programmes. The flowers are a central part of the farm, enhancing it aesthetically but also drawing insects to the farm which reiterated its commitment to green farming.

The experience at Buitenverwachting was beyond my expectation!

My visit on Saturday was nothing short of incredible. From the minute I drove into the estate, I saw the golden vineyards, signifying the change of season. If you drive slow enough, you’ll catch a glimpse of the historical manor house. [caption id="attachment_16635" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Autumn in the Vineyards[/caption]