Beau Constantia is located at the peak of Constantia Nek and features of the highest vine plantations in the Cape being as high as 350 meters above sea-level. The Beau Constantia’s manicured vines overlook sweeping views of the Helderberg and Stellenbosch mountains and as far as Hangklip over False Bay.
Beau Constantia was established in 2002 by Pierre and Cecily Du Preez following the ravaging fires that destroyed the natural Fynbos vegetation and pine forests that were before. The slopes were subsequently cleared and terraced so facilitating prime opportunity for establishment of vineyards. Following intensive soil analysis and the assistance of Mr Japie Bronn, the first vines were established in 2003.
Great patience and skill were required during the development of the vines given the steepness of the slopes. To date Beau Constantia has proudly established 11.47 hectares of vineyards from which their boutique range of wines are produced. Noble grape varieties planted at Beau Contantia include, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Shiraz.
Beau Constantia Viognier displays great potential on the farm as a grape variety following the maiden vintage of it’s release in 2010. The 2010 Beau Constantia Cecily Viognier received a 92 point rating from Mr Neal Martin, Wine Advocate reviewer of South African wines for Robert Parker, and was hailed as the best Viognier at the 2011 Novare Terroir Wine Awards.
More recently, Beau Constantia introduced a second range of wines which includes a white blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier and a red blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot both known as Pas De Nom.
In addition resident winemaker at Beau Constantia, Justin van Wyk, recently released two premium Bordeaux style red blends. The first of the two, named Beau Constantia Lucca, is a classic, elegant blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The second blend is named after Lucca’s brother, under the label Beau Constantia Aidan, and is more opulent and contemporary in style being a blend of Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Beau Constantia is a newcomer to the Constantia Valley Wine Route. The wines of Beau Constantia have only recently been added to the portfolio of Vin Africa for which exclusive import rights to Europe have been granted to us. We will endeavor to have all the latest vintages available for you, but we ask for your kind understanding should this not always be the case. Should you be traveling to Cape Town, be sure not to miss out on the opportunity of visiting Beau Constantia to taste their wines whilst admiring the breathtaking views from the Beau Constantia tasting room.