The Buitenverwachting far is located on the east-facing slopes of the stunning Constantiaberg, was originally part of the Constantia Estate established by Simon van der Stel. He was the first governor of the Dutch colony in South Africa.
In 1773, the farm was sold as a 200-morgen subdivision to Cornelis Brink and over the years changed ownership several times. Despite this, Buitenverwachting prospered as a wine farm, mainly due to the 90,000 vines planted by Ryk Arnoldus Cloete, brother of the renowned Hendrik Cloete of Constantia, in 1825.
From 1866 the fate of Buitenverwachting became intertwined with that of the Louw and Lategan families. One of the most intriguing figures was Oom Danie Lategan, who was known for wearing a freshly picked camellia on his lapel every day. His daughter, Olivia Lategan, born at Buitenverwachting and later returned as the mistress of the farm after marrying George Louw, linked the Lategan and Louw families.
With a deep appreciation for history, the Mueller family has honored the roots of Buitenverwachting. The farm was beautifully restored to its former glory and carefully replanted with the finest cultivars. The result was a historic first grape harvest of 100 tonnes in 30 years, living up to its name “Beyond Expectation”.
Things to do at Buitenverwachting
- Wine Tasting: Enjoy the opportunity to taste a variety of wines from the farm’s vineyards.
- Restaurant: Indulge in a wine and food pairing experience, where you can taste different wines with complementary dishes.
- Coffee BloC: Indulge in delicious coffee, surrounded by stunning vineyards and scenic landscapes.
- Take-aways Deli: Enjoy delicious food and drink, made from locally sourced ingredients
- Gift Shop: Discover a range of unique and locally made gifts, souvenirs, and keepsakes to take home with you
Wine Tasting at Buitenverwachting
The Wine Tasting experience at Buitenverwachting Wine Farm is a truly unique and historic event. Guests are welcomed into the historic wine cellar, featuring a traditional thatched roof, crisp white-washed walls, and rare yellow-wood ceilings. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, with comfortable leather couches, cozy lounges, and a spacious tasting bar.
As guests savor the various wines on offer, they can take in the breathtaking view from the stone tiled terrace, overlooking the lush lawns and the majestic 250-year-old Norfolk Pine tree. To accompany their wine tasting, guests can indulge in casual charcuterie platters, served with freshly baked baguettes, and an artisan ale to cleanse the palate.
Many visitors choose to extend their stay and bask in the relaxed atmosphere, choosing to purchase a bottle of their favorite wine to enjoy on the lawns with friends and family. With the combination of delicious wines, stunning surroundings, and a casual, relaxed environment, the Wine Tasting experience at Buitenverwachting Wine Farm is a truly unforgettable experience.
The Buitenverwachting Restaurant
Peter Tempelhoff’s culinary philosophy places a strong emphasis on the origin of ingredients, never letting the concept overshadow the significance of the ingredients themselves. This is evident in his restaurant, Beyond, where great care is taken to source a wide variety of exceptional raw ingredients. From unusual meats of rare breeds, to in-season heirloom vegetables, and handcrafted artisan cheeses, the diversity of ingredients serves to highlight and celebrate the unique strains and flavors that go beyond mass production.
Central to this philosophy is the restaurant’s commitment to supporting local growers, farmers, and producers. By sourcing ingredients locally, Beyond underscores its commitment to fostering a sustainable supplier ecosystem and supporting small-scale producers. This not only adds to the quality of the ingredients but also contributes to the local community and the environment.
The Coffee BloC
Coffee BloC is a charming sit-down restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch. The restaurant boasts a warm and welcoming atmosphere, with seating available both inside and in a stunning outdoor courtyard. One of the highlights of Coffee BloC is its artisan coffee, made from freshly roasted coffee beans that are produced on-site by renowned coffee roaster Warren Machanik. The result is a rich and flavorful cup of coffee that is unparalleled in taste and quality. Whether you’re looking for a place to relax and enjoy a leisurely breakfast or a quick and delicious lunch, Coffee BloC is the perfect destination. With its welcoming atmosphere, exceptional coffee, and delicious menu, Coffee BloC is a must-visit for coffee lovers and foodies alike.
Coffee BloC offers a wide range of delectable hot drinks, fresh baked goods, and irresistible sweet treats. The menu features a variety of specialty coffee drinks, as well as tea, hot chocolate, and more. In addition to the hot drinks, the deli offers a selection of freshly baked pastries, cakes, and other sweets that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
The Gift Shop
The gift shop showcases the work of resident jewelry designers, maack & martin, as well as bespoke wood furniture by Marc Pincente. Each piece is carefully crafted and designed to reflect a sense of style, elegance, and quality.
A selection of jewelry from maack & martin and other designers is also available for viewing at Coffee Bloc’s Wine Tasting and Coffee Bloc venues. This provides customers with the opportunity to see the jewelry in person and get a better sense of the craftsmanship and design.
For those interested in custom jewelry or furniture design, Meagan and Colette are available for design consultations by appointment. With their expertise and eye for detail, they can help you create a piece that is truly one-of-a-kind and perfectly tailored to your individual style and needs. Whether you’re looking for a special piece of jewelry, a unique piece of furniture, or a memorable gift, the lifestyle gift shop at Coffee Bloc has everything you need to make your vision a reality.
Fly to Buitenverwachting Wine Farm
Nestled in the heart of South Africa’s Constantia Valley, this beautiful wine farm is renowned for its exceptional wines and breathtaking scenery. With a helicopter flight, you can get to the farm in style, taking in breathtaking views of the valley and surrounding landscape.
The flight to Buitenverwachting Wine Farm is a short but thrilling journey that takes you high above the lush vineyards and rolling hills. As you soar over the valley, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the stunning scenery below, taking in the beauty of the Cape Peninsula Mountains, the Atlantic Ocean, and the verdant vineyards that make this region so special. The flight itself is an experience in and of itself, with the gentle hum of the helicopter’s blades and the rush of the wind creating a sense of adventure and excitement.
Once you arrive at the wine farm, you’ll be greeted by the friendly staff and welcomed into the stunning tasting room. Here, you can sample some of the farm’s finest wines, including its world-renowned Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a beginner, you’ll find a wine to suit your taste buds, with the knowledgeable staff on hand to guide you through the selection and help you choose the perfect bottle.
*Please note that landing at Buitenverwachting wine farm is subject to the land owner’s permission.
*Sport Helicopters will contact Buitenverwachting and arrange the necessary landing permits.