"I have enjoyed great health at a great age because every day since I can
remember I have consumed a bottle of wine except when I have not felt well.
Then I have consumed two bottles."

- A Bishop of Seville

Buitenverwachting was part of the original Constantia Estate founded in 1685 by Simon van der Stel. This beautiful farm, situated on the east-facing slopes of the Constantiaberg, close to Cape Town and only kilometres away from False Bay is renowned for its elegant wines.
After years of successful wine production this magnificent property had fallen into a state of neglect and disrepair. The Mueller family purchased the farm in 1982 and set about restoring and improving it. A full history can be seen here.


The first harvest of 100 tons of grapes was in 1985 and exceeded all expectations.
Son Lars Maack took over the management of the farm in 1991. His focus was and is on transforming Buitenverwachting into a financially viable wine-producing farm with a happy, healthy and efficient staff. He is also enthusiastic about endorsing South African culture and heritage.
The farm uses a variety of holistic farming practices and a portion of the farm has been dedicated to preserving indigenous flora and fauna. 
Buitenverwachting is also home to one of South Africa’s top restaurants.

Lars is constantly considering ways of improving the Buitenverwachting experience for guests. This winter has been a busy one in which he has transformed the feel of the Tasting Room, the Courtyard area and added a first-class Coffee Shop and Deli. His innovative ideas have become reality! An outstanding experience awaits.

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A word from Lars


“Planning a winery’s planting program requires a bit of a crystal ball, in order to predict the future. Our planting program covers a time period of 20 years.
We have identified Sauvignon Blanc as the ideal varietal for our unique terroir. The latest Veritas results, Trophy Wine Show as well as the Parker ratings confirm this decision. Also our popular Buiten Blanc (predominantly Sauvignon Blanc) achieved a respectable Silver medal at Veritas.” 

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The Veritas Awards is the longest running and most prestigious wine competition in South Africa and is synonymous with excellence in wine. Organised by the South African National Wine Show Association it represents the full range of the industry.

Buitenverwachting is delighted with its results:

Double Gold Buitenverwachting Husseys Vlei Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Gold Buitenverwachting Husseys Vlei Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Silver Buitenverwachting Buiten Blanc 2012
Buitenverwachting Christine 2007
Buitenverwachting Husseys Vlei Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Buitenverwachting Merlot 2009

Judging takes place over 5 days. More than 100 researchers, academics, Cape Wine Masters, wine writers and consultants sipped, savoured and subjected 1744 wines and brandies to a strict judging process according to internationally accepted rules and standards. Six veritable international experts joined forces with the more than 100 local judges to determine the Veritas medallists.


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Buitenverwachting has been nominated the Top Gastronomic Wine Estate in South Africa by South African Tourism. See the Top Ten click here.
"Austrian chef, Edgar Osojnik, gives Cape fine dining a contemporary European twist. Try the tapas in the courtyard, or fresh seasonal produce cooked to perfection and creatively presented. Impeccable service and excellent wine choices from Buitenverwachting’s own vineyards, Constantia and beyond. Buitenverwachting wine estate, Klein Constantia Road, Constantia. Tel: +27 (0)21 794 3522."



Superb cuisine from eminent Chef/Patron Edgar Osojnik in this outstanding Restaurant surpasses all expectations.
Spacious, light and airy the Restaurant is decorated in inviting shades of cream with earthy highlights. Relax in the chic lounge which exudes style; enjoy the exquisite artwork which is a feature of both restaurant and lounge.
The Courtyard is the informal, al fresco, garden restaurant situated in idyllic surrounds with the soothing sounds of the elegant fountain adding to the serenity.
Begin your meal with a complimentary glass of Buitenverwachting Brut as you contemplate the new and exciting menu! On a pleasant evening this can be enjoyed outside with delicious bites to titillate the taste buds…  

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The Coffee Bloc

Just opened! Host Nick is warm, friendly and knowledgeable.
The Coffee Bloc is rustic and stylish and is sure to become the spot where trendoids hang out when wanting a good coffee and a tasty snack.
Mouth-watering pâtés and the most heavenly Sacher Torte are amongst the wide selection of epicurean delights.
Coffee is of world-class standard made from the highest grade beans and roasted at Buitenverwachting by Quaffee who also supply a variety of coffee machines and accessories.
There is a wide selection of decadent take-aways available; all from Edgar’s superb Kitchen.


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Wine and more
Wine Spectator Insider rated Buitenverwachting Chardonnay 2011 – 92 points
Ripe, sleek and stylish, with a persimmon and toasted hazelnut frame to the core of creamed Jonagold apple, brioche, verbena and pear flavors. The long, creamy finish has nicely embedded acidity. Distinctive and enticing. Drink now through 2014. - J.M.

Cellar Master Hermann Kirschbaum starts every morning at 07h00 with a get-together of Cellar staff which begins with a motivational reading and then a discussion of the goals for the day. He says “we are a family here”. It is evident that the staff are happy and motivated and the exceptional quality of the wine produced is without question.
Hermann says that it was a positive vintage with good quality grapes this year. Volume is up and with the new vineyards in the blends it has given them more scope. Quality is good.
Winemaker Brad Paton is looking forward to the imminent release of his 2 new wines ...
Loose Canon 2010 a Chenin Blend and
3rd Time Lucky 2011 a Viognier

The Tasting Room

With its glass walls which slide open The Tasting Room must rate as one of the most charming places in which to spend time tasting elegant and award-winning wines. Augusta Wicht is your delightful hostess whilst tasting.  

Open from 09h00 to 17h00 Monday to Friday and 10h00 to 15h00 on Saturday.
Loved the Buiten Blanc  2012!


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Yolanda Osojnik is our talented Functions Manager. She arranges beautiful weddings both large and small, birthday celebrations - from baby’s 1st to Grandpa’s 80th and all those in between. Farewell parties, wakes and special business meetings including small conferencing are many of the functions that she has arranged.


If you have an occasion on the horizon, Yolanda will make it memorable.


(Her calendar fills up quickly so don’t leave your discussion with her too late!).


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Maack & Martin 


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Buitenverwachting, Klein Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa
Telephone: +27 (0) 21 794 5190  |  Facsimile: +27 (0) 21 794 1351  |  Restaurant: +27 (0) 21 794 3522
Email: restaurant@buitenverwachting.com  |  Website: www.buitenverwachting.co.za