This past Sunday was a total treat.  I joined a small group of fellow bloggers to try out the fabulous new wine & canapé experience at the beautiful Beau Constantia wine estate.

Beau Constantia is a relatively new boutique winery situated right at the op of Constantia Nek which means it boasts some incredible sweeping views.  The vines have been planted on seriously steep slopes, about 350m above sea-level and the main building where we were housed is this amazing minimalist building nestled between lush greenery, reminiscent of some of the unique architectural designs I’ve seen on one of my favourite TV shows, Grand Designs. (have you watched it? You really should…)

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Just look at that…

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The interior was just as beautiful as the exterior…

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We were welcomed by the lovely Chef Tjaart Walraven who is the brainchild behind this new wine & canapé pairing experience which we had been invited to test drive.  He told us a little about the wines and the food we were going to tuck into and he had us drooling with anticipation…

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First a little info about the wines.  Their Cecily Viognier 2010 (named after the owner’s wife), is an award winning Viognier and I’ll be honest, one of the nicest Viognier’s I’ve personally ever tasted.  Really loved it.

Then they’ve also recently launched their Pas De Nom (which is French for “no name” or “nameless”) range, which includes a white blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier and a red blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, along with two premium red blends, a Bordeaux-style blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, named Lucca and a blend of Malice, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon, named after Lucca’s brother, Aidan.

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Don’t you just love the labels? I especially love the smiling beard on the Pas De Nom bottles.  It just makes me happy…

And get this, we got to taste all of these wines which were carefully set out on our table, just waiting for us to enjoy… #happiness

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Wine, glorious wine! Bottom right with Leigh & the lovely Jess.

Now the real treat is that these wines are then paired with carefully designed canapés to bring out the flavour of each wine (and vice versa I guess, with the wine also enhancing the flavour of the food).

You can choose between two options:

  • The wine & canapé extravaganza:  R135 for 5 wines and 5 canapés
  • Or the wine & canapé pas de nom:  R70 for 3 wines and 3 canapés

Over and above those 2 options, there are also various food themes to choose from. We got to sample the Asian, Mexican and Proudly South African dishes, but the plan is that the food theme will rotate out every 2 weeks or so, which means you can try one this week, then come back again to try one of the others a few weeks later (you’ll want to go back, trust me).

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Top: Asian Experience; Middle: Mexican Experience; Bottom: SA Experience

I really enjoyed all 3, but the Asian one was probably my favourite (if I was forced to pick only one).  It consisted of a pea & ginger shooter with a sesame crumble, an oriental salad, a chicken satay with a crunchy peanut dip, Asian beef with cupi ponzu dressing & a cashew nut & sesame crust, and an Asian roulade with umami cream.  Mmmmmmm.

After lunch I quickly popped downstairs to also just check out the Beau Constance Spa. As expected, it’s beautiful.  So maybe for my next visit, I’ll work in a pre lunch massage too:

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I have to say a huge thank you to everyone at Beau Constantia and also to Chef Tjaart. We got absolutely spoilt rotten and this was such an fantastic, tipsy & fun day out in the winelands.

If you want to try the wine & canape experience for yourself, give them a shout to book your seat and confirm which theme is being served:

The tasting room is open daily from 10:00 to 16:30.

I also need say high five to Blake from The Constantia Wine Tour for being our driver for the day.  The dude’s super knowledgeable about the Constantia Wine Route, having grown up in the area.  He’s pretty much a walking Encyclopaedia.  If you’ve been wanting to try a wine tour which is a little closer to town, do give them a shout.

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