Things To Do in ConstantiaEagles' Nest Wine Estate
Where? Old Constantia Main Road, Constantia, Cape Town
When? Monday to Sunday from 10h00 to 16h30.
How? Call +27 (0)21 794-4095
How much? Price on request
Eagles' Nest lies on the steep of Constantia Main Road, on the rise of Constantia Nek Pass, its vineyards distributed across the slopes of Constantia Mountain. By all accounts it is one of the prettiest wine farms in the valley.
The wine farm is a boutique winery, which means they produce a limited number of fine wines which you can taste either indoors in their comfortable tasting room, complete with fireplace for those wintry days, or outside on one of the sprinkling of wooden picnic tables and chairs under the trees.
Their rather unassuming entrance does not prepare one for the beauty of the setting. Just outside the wine tasting room runs a little brook under a wooden bridge, whilst the banks of the grassy meadow come to rest in a forest of trees that edge the estate's buildings.
The farm's history dates back to 1836 when it served as a halfway stop for travellers between Wynberg and Hout Bay.
Its name comes both from the survey beacon on the cliffs above the vineyards, known as Eagles' Nest, and the only remaining pair of Verreaux's eagles nesting on Table Mountain. Eagles' Nest estate supports the Western Cape Raptor Research Program to conserve the nest.
The farm belongs to the Mylrea family, who bought 38 hectares in 1984, but when a huge fire destroyed almost the entire farm in 2000, leaving only the historic buildings standing, the family decided to shift the farm's focus to wine, and planted with varieties suited to the particular terroir of the area.
Wine tasting is available Monday to Sunday 10am to 4.30pm. Find Eagles' Nest on Old Constantia Main Road on the bend of the road just under a kilometre after the intersection of Pear Lane and Belair Drive.