This delightful winery is one of the newer kids on the Constantia block. It was a convenient stop along the City Sightseeing bus travelling from Cape Town CBD. However, the tasting room is now permanently closed but the wines are still available.
The winery's origins can be traced to 1836 when it was a refreshment station between Wynberg and Hout Bay, with travellers passing through Constantia Nek. A fire in 2000 destroyed all but the historic buildings, allowing them to switch focus to producing wine - as well as re-establish the natural fynbos on the farm. They decided that its terroir is best suited to red wine production - predominantly Shiraz, Merlot and Viognier.
12 hectares are under vine - 15% are white cultivars and 85% are black grape varieties. Eagles’ Nest has some of the steepest vineyards in the Cape, ranging from 100 to 400 metres above sea level. The steep terraces are carved from decomposed granite and clay with a high concentration of table mountain sandstone rock. The East-West orientation extends sunlight hours, and the vineyards are cooled by the Atlantic Ocean and prevailing winds.
They produce the Little Eagle Range which supports the Western Cape Raptor Research Programme, whose activities include conservation of the last breeding pair of Black Eagles’ located in the Table Mountain National Park. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of these wines goes towards this cause.
The Wine Tasting:
Eagle's Nest is now permanently closed. In the past, one could choose between the small and modern indoor tasting area, or a number of spaces in their larger outdoor tasting area amongst the lush flora, large trees and green lawns. They offer both white and red wines, as well as a delicious platter.