A word from Lars


“2013 is promising to be an interesting year. We started off with a dry and hot spring and the remaining summer days seem to offer colder and wet days. We used to be nervous about heat, as Sauvignon Blanc is a cool climate varietal. Reflecting on the past hot vintages such as the 2006, 2009 and 2012, the Constantia Sauvignon Blancs from the those years are rich and complex wines showing very little of those typical under ripe grassy green flavours. 2007 for instance was a cold vintage and the wines took a long time to come out of their shell.
So far the Sauvignon Blancs of 2013 have come in healthy, ripe and packed with flavours and we hope that we can repeat another great 2012 year. Wish us luck!”.

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Buitenverwachting is thrilled to have been chosen as the winner of the “VINPRO - Best Sauvignon Blanc Vineyard”.
The Harvest is in full swing and looks to be a good one. The grapes are healthy and abundant and we can look forward to some superb wines in 2013.

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The Coffee BloC has fast become one of the meeting places in Constantia; it is also popular with regular visitors and tourists. The coffee is good and the freshly made pastries and breads are irresistible. Barista Wezo loves what he does and his espresso based coffee drinks hit the right spot! Coffee connoisseurs of which owner Lars Maack is one are in ‘coffee heaven’ at The Coffee BloC, one can even select one of the special blends to take home.
Delicious breakfasts and light lunches are also available. Incredible value; great service and mouth wateringly delicious…
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 also a wide selection of decadent take-aways all from Edgar’s superb Kitchen.
Open from Monday to Saturday inclusive it is definitely worth a try and second visits would be a foregone conclusion.

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Edgar’s cuisine is inspirational. Classic and yet modern with a touch of Europe in there… Exceptional and without equal.
Light & Easy - Choice of 4 amongst which is Edgar’s Caesar Salad with a Twist
Rustic Affairs - Mouth-watering choice of 4 try the Steak Tartare (best tasted)
Indulge - Spoil yourself with Chalmar Beef in a Bone Marrow Crust
Sweet Tooth - Hard to choose!
A Tasting Menu is also available
Easy to find your way around!


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People at Buitenverwachting

Under the very able care of Peter Reynolds, Farm Manager and Viticulturist par excellence; one can be assured that Buitenverwachting is doing its bit to preserve the environment and the beauty of a large part of Constantia.


         Peter Reynolds with VinPro Shield 

         Best Sauvignon Blanc Vineyard  

His natural biodiversity methods include the introduction of Ladybirds and small Wasps to keep the virulent Mielie Bug under control. This is an organic and natural way to control the Mielie Bug which has always been a serious problem throughout vineyards in South Africa. The Mielie Bug spreads a virus which makes the leaves of the vines curl and turn red which inhibits photosynthesis and in time the ripening of the grapes. The only way to control this in the past was to use insecticides which in turn kill all the natural predators. The Ladybirds and small Wasps do this very effectively. Chemicals are used as little as possible.
Peter joined the staff at Buitenverwachting 16 years ago; he is a family man and his wife and 2 daughters were very happy to move into the lovely homestead on an attractive part of the farm with a stunning view of Constantia. Since joining Buiten there has been an addition to the family and son Justin who is 12 years old promises to be one of South Africa’s up and coming Rugby stars.
Always a farming man, the 100 hectares under his care keep him very busy and he loves it. He has just won an award for ‘Best Sauvignon Blanc Vineyard’ which has brought a prize of some very useful plants and farming equipment to the farm and a floating trophy to add to the cabinet. Peter says “I entered on the spur of the moment”. “It’s now all hands on deck for the Harvest”

“Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own”
Samuel Johnson

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Constantia Fresh Festival 2013

The fourth annual Constantia Fresh Festival invites the finest South African wine producers to show not just their Sauvignon Blancs, but their other wines exhibiting that all important character; freshness.
Once again Constantia Fresh explores the distinctiveness of Constantia’s fine wine, while exploring and contrasting with offerings from other regions of South Africa and the rest of the world.


Friday 1 March - The 2013 Constantia Fresh Festival kicks off with Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events hosting a fine wine dinner alongside Peter Tempelhoff at The Cellars Hohenort in Constantia. Tempelhoff oversees the five Restaurants in The Collection by Liz McGrath.
Guests will be welcomed with a selection of Constantia’s Méthode Cap Classiques; Tempelhoff will prepare a five-course degustation menu paired with 16 local and international wines. Seats at the dinner are limited due to the intimate nature of the restaurant. Tickets to attend this dinner are on sale at R1500 per person.

Saturday 2 MarchFine Wine & Food Exhibition hosted by Buitenverwachting; wine enthusiasts will stroll the rolling lawns of Buitenverwachting sampling South Africa’s finest and freshest wines paired with canapés made by South Africa’s best chefs. An elegantly constructed braai will take place in the early evening. Tickets to this tasting are on sale at R400 per person.
For further information www.constantiafresh.com.


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Cellar Door

The Tasting Room is open from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00 and on Saturday from 10:00 to 15:00.

Wine List:


Chardonnay 2012 Released (2011 is sold out)
Husseys Vlei Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Available
Loose Cannon Available
Merlot 2009 Released
Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Released
Buiten Blanc 2012 Available
Christine 2007 Not much left
Christine 2008 Released
Buiten Brut Available
1769 Unavailable
3rd Time Lucky Unvailable

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Functions Manager Yolanda is on hand to guide you with all the special touches that make your special day wonderful!
Contact her on 021 794 3522 to discuss your needs and if you want to have a function or a conference in 2013/14 you need to book your date early as the diary is filling up.
Buitenverwachting is the perfect backdrop for you! 

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Bespoke Jewellery

By Appointment


The manufacturing offices of Maack and Martin are situated on the beautiful Buitenverwachting Estate in one of the original Cape Dutch buildings.
Meagan Maack and Colette Martin go back a long way – school friends, they trained together and have achieved their aspirational dream which is to make exquisite, high quality Jewellery.
Both have exceptional design talent; both have won prestigious international awards for their jewellery design and both have trained to the same high standards.

The jewellery is on display and for sale in the Tasting Room on the farm.
To obtain this exceptional service telephone:
Meagan on 082 785 9309 or Colette on 082 895 2349

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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