Seriously close to my heart and home, The newly launched Sauvignon Blanc Wine route shines new light on the prestigious Constantia Valley. This elegant cultivar, alongside the rich history of the valley, makes for the perfect place to launch South Africa’s first varietal-based wine route.
“Constantia Wine Route’s cool, microclimate Sauvignon Blanc is of inimitable elegance, wines of structure and finesse that have the ability to bottle-age, developing even further in complexity, mouthfeel and a terroir-expressive mineral length”, writes Malu Lambert.
The brand new Constantia Sauvignon Blanc Route will be available at six estates across the Constantia Wine Route: Steenberg, Buitenverwachting, Klein Constantia, Groot Constantia, Constantia Glen, Beau Constantia. Silvermist & Constantia Royale are available by appointment only and Eagles Nest will have their first Wine of Origin Constantia Sauvignon Blanc with the release of the 2021 harvest.
Winemaker at Klein Constantia, Matthew Day, comments: “In the pursuit of elegance we strive to create a Sauvignon Blanc that is unique and represents our region. By doing this we create a serious style that respects the fact that Sauvignon Blanc is a noble cultivar.”
The spectrum of tasting experiences and settings on offer highlight the rich diversity of the valley, from decades-old properties steeped in history, to modern estates also producing world-class wine. The route gives visitors not only the opportunity to taste an array of expressions of Sauvignon Blanc but also to hear from a variety of voices and personalities that make up the Constantia Valley.
The tastings will showcase both current vintage and an older vintage to illustrate the age-ability of the Sauvignon Blanc variety in Constantia. Each visitor will receive a Sauvignon Blanc loyalty card and after visiting and tasting at 3 farms, they receive a 5% discount off the mixed case of Sauvignon Blanc from the online wine store. After visiting all 6 estates, they receive a 10% discount, with no time limit to completing the Sauvignon Blanc Route.
This initiative follows closely The Constantia Wine Route launching its brand-new online wine shop, showcasing all the available wines from the nine Constantia member wine estates on one platform. The route launches on 1st May and will be open to the public from the 7th May – International Sauvignon Blanc Day.
Says Malu: “Constantia Sauvignon Blanc is born from 335 years of winemaking heritage in a microclimate of ancient soils, cool slopes and oceanic breezes. Custodians of this land, the eight estates of the region, are dedicated to showcasing the noble grape’s inherent elegance, depth and age-worthiness; with winemakers who are serious about sauvignon blanc.”