12 Jul 2013
The estate is nestled against the back-slopes of Table Mountain in one of the most scenic locations in the heart of the Constantia Wine Valley, the oldest in the country.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire a sought-after working wine estate with award-winning hospitality and restaurant facilities and the potential to further develop this, say Seeff Constantia agents, Marie Durr and Jack Bensch.
The Constantia Wine Valley boasts a unique terroir, perfect climate, fertile soil and a winemaking history that dates back to 1685 when Simon van der Stel was granted Groot Constantia. This farm was later subdivided to include four more estates - Buitenverwachting, Klein Constantia, Steenberg and Constantia Uitsig - and these farms boast some of the finest wines in the country. The farm itself dates to 1894 when it was acquired by Willem Lategan and served as the family home for five generations. It was restored and viticulture reintroduced in 1988.
The estate is around 60-hectares in extent with 33 hectares under vines. Grape varieties include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Hanepoot table grapes. It boasts award-winning wines, banqueting and event facilities, a wine shop, three award-winning restaurants, a hotel with 16 luxuriously furnished cottages with private access to an outdoor swimming pool, guest lounge and a spa with 6 multi-purpose treatment rooms.
There is also a world-renowned private cricket oval and stabling facilities for 30 horses. The main restaurant is located in the original Cape Dutch manor house. The old Slave Bell is also still on the estate and the beautiful gardens feature water features and old Oak trees. Additional facilities include labourers’ cottages and offices.
Constantia Uitsig is a landmark destination on the Cape’s wine tourism route and is popular with local and international visitors, not only for its wine tasting and gourmet offerings, but as a holiday, wedding and event venue, say the agents.
According to the minister of tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, wine tourism is one of the fastest-growing and most lucrative sectors of the global tourism market and in 2009, contributed an estimated R4.3 billion to South Africa’s tourism revenue.
The first bottled wines on the estate were produced in 1993 and since then wine production has increased steadily, add the agents. Today, Constantia Uitsig wines enjoy a 4-star plus rating from the Platters Wine Guide, the premier guide to South African wines.
The estate produces around 140 tonnes of grapes annually of which around 30 tonnes is sold to third parties. It still utilises the production facilities of the neighbouring Steenberg wine farm, but offers immense potential to develop its own winery.
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