Groot Constantia, which was established in 1684, is famous for their dessert wines, but these are only one of many treasures here. This absolutely breathtaking vineyard only about 15 kilometers outside of Cape Town, is a major tourist spot that still remains quaint & the wine & eats here are out of this world. We enjoyed a tomato & goat cheese tart with a bottle of blanc de noir at Jonkershuis restaurant before tasting the wines & walking in between the many grape vines.
Baked fresh in a puff pastry tart with peeled tomatoes, goat cheese & a sweet balsamic glaze this tomato tart is as good as it gets. We thought we ordered just one to share, but after waiting for 30 minutes for the beautiful dish to bake they brought us two! And let me tell you... thank goodness, because we did not want to share with each other! The tomato tart felt like a good book, never wanting the flavor to end & it lingered after the last bite.
We tried an absolutely fabulous blanc de noir, our first taste with a sparkle & crisp green apple flavor. It is a beautiful light peach color almost like a rose gold when the sun hit the glass.
After our short snack we explored the surrounding vineyards that blanket the hills & mountains. We tasted several Constantia wines as they were closing, including a fabulous pinotage that we purchased & plan to drink on our travels.