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Groot Constantia and Jonkershuis Restaurant

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Spring has sprung and to celebrate the occasion we were invited by Kim van Niekerk and Carmen Lerm from Fusion Design to visit Groot Constantia on a Friday.

Groot Constantia is beautiful and so easy to reach from the CBD that Alexandra said yes in a heartbeat. I had taken the day off so that I could fully indulge and gosh we were in for a treat.
Kim and Carmen had arranged for an intimate event with only around 10 people, mostly bloggers like ourselves. Each and everyone was involved in either food, wine, photography or a mix of all of the above. I must admit we made plenty of new friends. 😊

The day started quite early and we were welcomed with a variety of small tapas (think sweet digestive biscuits with delicious toppings made of yellow apple, raw honey, goat cheese and topped with micro greens – Hmmmm) from Jonkershuis Restaurant and the most amazing Groot Constantia MCC Brut Rose. On one hand it was only 11am but on the other hand it was a Friday or this is at least what I told myself as I said yes multiple times for a refill of my quickly emptying glass. The huge benefit of this was that we really quickly made friends with all participants.

Soon after we got acquainted with everyone, Boela Gerber (Winemaker – tataaaa the big guy joined us! – at Groot Constantia) and Grant Newton (Global Sales & Marketing Manager at Groot Constantia) invited us to follow them to the historic Cloete Cellar for a guided wine-tasting.

There are various Groot Constantia Wine Tastings and we had the pleasure to enjoy a Chocolate and Wine Pairing. Expect 5 wines and 5 chocolate samples plus glass. The experience will set you back R120.00 pp and it is well worth your money. The idea is that you first taste the wine and then pair it with the chocolate. All of the chocolates – which come in small bars that look like gold and have the wine they belong to printed on its back – have been specifically crafted to go with the wine they are paired with. A lot of time and love went into this! You also receive colourful pamphlets that give you more information about the wine and chocolate as you drink it. This way it’s easy to keep track of your favourite wine later on. My favourite pairing was the Chardonnay with the White Lime and Apricot chocolate. Delicate flavours gently hit your palate and enhance the wine most beautifully.

My favourite wine, however, was the Gouverneurs Reserve. The perfect winter wine with a strong Tobacco & Oak taste. Absolutely stunning!

Last, but definitely not least, we made a stop at Jonkershuis Restaurant where we enjoyed a perfect lunch. I had visited Groot Constantia before but unfortunately had not taken the opportunity before to eat there. They are on the upper end of the price scale but the food is spot on and they have the most attentive staff that I had the pleasure to be served by in a long time. Alexandra and I shared our dishes. As foodies, this our duty! For my starter, I enjoyed cured & smoked salmon and Alexandra had beautiful mussels paired with creamy lentils. As for the main course I was treated to Gemsbok on a bed of fresh mash which was cooked to perfection. However, the fillet was even better (I was lucky enough to get a wee taste)!!! Bobotie was Alexandra’s choice and I saw her doing the ‘happy food dance’ to my left. She has a thing for traditional South African food and who can blame her. Dessert was not to be missed and we shared milk tart and bread pudding in absolute bliss. I am sure they fed us so well in order to make sure we were all able to drive! We left hours later than intended but I am very glad to have sobered by that time. What a beautiful day!

If you feel like a real treat than make a day visit out of Groot Constantia. Their beautiful estate, the various restaurants and their wine will have you coming back time and again!

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Anna Christiane
Determined dreamer. Writer. Foodie and Wine Lover.
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