Imagine you were given a limited-release opportunity to taste red wines from the Groot Constantia Vintage Vault, whilst cosily wrapped in the recesses of the Manor House. Can you smell the 2013 Merlot and Pinotage, aged to absolute moody perfection? What about a swirl of the 2013 Gouverneurs Reserve, with its signature ruby hues? Can you taste the 2007 Grande Constance, beautifully honeyed over the years but every bit as beautiful as before? I can, and I did! And now you can, too! Read on for the full experience, and for a discount code at the end!
Groot Constantia is the oldest wine estate (est. 1685) in South Africa and provincial heritage site in the suburb of Constantia in Cape Town, South Africa.
To mark this year’s notable 338th birthday milestone, Groot Constantia is celebrating by opening the Vintage Vault on the Estate to make a limited amount of their famous and collectable wines available to taste and purchase. These wines are all selected for their value as collector’s items, great to invest in and to enjoy on special occasions.
In addition to this, in true celebratory style, Groot Constantia will be opening a whole new level of historic architecture, carefully tucked under the grandiose Manor House, to provide the perfect setting for a Vintage Vault wine tasting experience this winter.
Between 13 July to the end of August 2023, Groot Constantia is rolling out a unique Vintage Vault Experience on the Estate that will see guests treated to an exclusive tasting of these coveted wines in the alcoves of the historical Manor House – an experience never offered to the public before.
The Vintage Vault tasting experience
Keep the experience intimate in two’s or fours, or expand your group to eight or more – this is an incredible chance for a glance back in time as Groot Constantia’s wine consultants take you on a tour through some of their best vintages. A great opportunity for wine appreciators to acquaint older vintages of their favourite wines, this tasting is unlike any other one I’ve experienced to date.
The Tall One and I were fortunate to share this experience with our friends from Swirl and Spice, Sharese and Glen. It was a rainy, overcast day, but we headed to Groot Constantia with fluttering hearts, excited at the prospect of delving deeper into this estate’s heritage.
After a quick breakfast at Jonkershuis, we headed around to the back of the manor house, where a wooden gate nonchalantly invites you into a courtyard, dotted with a few low doors around its perimeter. It’s exactly through one of those low doors that our tasting experience awaited, as part of the chambered earth/root cellar that form the foundations of the Manor House.
Our wine consultant for the day was Lynette, who was an inexhaustible fountain of knowledge and a proud bearer of the Groot Contantia history. She was equally excited to open the wines, and to release the pure essence of these varietals, most bottled more than 10 years ago.
After talking us through the flight of wines, we were left to experience the magic of Groot Constantia glass by glass, underpinned by the almost-hallow atmosphere in the peaceful storage space. It felt as if time stood still and turned back at the same time, as we pondered the quiet, patient years these wines perfected themselves in the Vintage Vault.
Our wines included the Merlot 2013, the Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, the Pinotage 2013, the Shiraz 2013 and the Gouverneurs Reserve Red 2013. And then, the most incredible golden sip of Grand Constance 2007 to round off the tasting. With four of the five wines being multiple award-winning wines, this was a very special tasting for more than one reason. Included in the tasting is a small bread-board with olives and butter to cleanse the palate between wines, which is a lovely touch when you are interacting with several bold, beautiful wines. You are free to explore the maze of underground spaces whilst tasting, as it offers extraordinary photo opportunities for the Instagrammers among us.
A fresh selection of wines from the Vintage Vault will be opened every day – making each tasting truly unique.
The Vintage Vault Experience can be booked via Dineplan at a cost of R500 per person (note that bookings are essential) and will open on the Estate’s historic birthday: 13 July.
To confirm: the Dineplan link is https://www.dineplan.com/restaurants/groot-constantia-wine-estate
With my very special discount code, you can get a 10% discount on your booking for the Vintage Vault Experience:
- Go to the Dineplan link (above)
2. Use code: LittleHedonist in your comments on the Dineplan booking page
3. And receive a 10% discount on the Estate upon payment! Easy peasy!
This celebratory Vintage Vault wine tasting experience is perfect for wine appreciators. It also provides a great backdrop for an equally celebratory event, like a birthday, girl’s /guy’s day out, or an anniversary. It’s an intimate, limited affair, with your personal wine consultant available to pour, explain and share everything there is to know about Groot Constantia and it’s superb wines.
Tucked into one of the ambiant alcoves, you are almost completely isolated from the outside world, wrapped in the glowing warmth and generous hospitality that seeps from every brick of this historic estate. For a few hours you are invited to forget about the now, the immediate, the rush – and to fully submerge yourself into the art of wine making and days gone by.
We were reluctant to leave the comfortable confines of Groot Constantia, but did so with full hearts, grateful to have had a glimpse into 338 years of tradition and heritage.
Disclaimer: I was invited to this event in my personal capacity. There was no expectation for platform coverage in the form of a blog, or social media posts. This is my honest and truthful opinion and review thereof. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are solely those of The Little Hedonist, given in good faith and in no way influenced by the company or its affiliates. All images, unless otherwise stated/credited, are also my own.
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