Way back in the 1600’s, Simon van der Stel was the first to recognize the potential of the decomposed granite and sandstone soils in the sheltered valley facing False Bay, bounded by sea on both sides. It’s why he chose this area to plant his vines – making the Constantia Valley the oldest wine-making region in the Southern Hemisphere.
Still today, over 300 years after the first vines took root, the valley is synonymous with remarkable wines. Comprising a few more than 10 wine farms, Constantia Valley’s wines have accumulated a disproportionate number of awards and devotees, given the relatively small number of estates and cultivars.
Whilst our focus is on making site-specific wines that contribute to the rich reputation, heritage and identity of the Constantia Valley, we do not want to be a monoculture of vineyards.
Being the lowest lying farm in the valley, our rich, fertile soils are ideal for producing world-class whites (like Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay). Approximately 12 000 cases of superior wines are made each year – with 32 hectares currently under vine.
As a working farm, we love getting our hands dirty when it comes to daily farming activities, yet at the same time, we strive to farm as gently as possible to enable bio diversity. In our vineyards, we work as naturally as possible: cover cropping, mulching using cut down and chipped trees, as well as using integrated pest management programmes. Flowers will also play a central theme at Uitsig too – welcoming a diversity of beneficial insects and bright colours to the vineyards whilst our farm-made compost enriches the soil.
As seen on our new labels, we are slowly making progress to host indigenous birds in our watercourse once again.