Buitenverwachting – on Historical Paths in the Heart of Constantia
Once part of the first winery at the Cape, Buitenverwachting can look back on a turbulent history. The Hamburg couple Richard and Christine Müller purchased the estate in 1980, gave it new splendour and revived the wine cultivation as only the best vines were planted onto the vineyards. By the way, the name Buitenverwachting translates to ‘Beyond Expectations’. An ambitious aim that the consistently good creations certainly meet.
- Founding year
- 1796, first wine 1985
- Buitenverwachting, 37 Klein Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa
- 105 hectares
- Flagship wine
- Jewellery Maack and Martin, beyond Restaurant, Coffee BloC, Take-away Deli
- Tasting Room
- Mon-Sat: 10:00 - 17:00 Uhr
Brad Paton graduated in 2004 as Master of Engineering with the disciplines Wine Cultivation and Oenology at the German Geisenheim University. In order to gain practical experience during his studies, he worked at the Johanninger winery on the side. In December 2004, Brad returned to South Africa and since then has worked as a winemaker at Buitenverwachting.
Buitenverwachting Wines – Beyond Expectations
The winery Buitenverwachting is located in the beautiful wine region Constantia which is only a stone’s throw from Cape Town. The name means ‘beyond expectations’. An ambitious aim which however the winemakers seem to achieve every year. Granite soils and a cooling sea breeze help the winemakers to create consistently good products that always feature a distinctive aroma structure. Particularly popular is the Buitenverwachting Christine, a wine made from typical red grape varieties and named after the owner’s wife. Despite the blend being inspired by French style it shows its South African character with a pronounced fruit. The red wine is defined by an outstanding quality and unique flavour which has often been rewarded with 4.5 John Platter Stars in the past. Very impressive is also the Hussey’s Vlei Sauvignon Blanc. The grape variety’s aromas of gooseberries and freshly cut grass are inherently fresh and can also be found in this wine.
Buitenverwachting Restaurant with Culinary Delights
The Buitenverwachting wine estate offers several opportunities to indulge in culinary delights – for example in the beyond restaurant, which offers a variety of dishes with local products, rare meats and artisan cheeses. From the restaurant, visitors have a unique view of the enchanting Constantia Mountains. Buitenverwachting is not only a place with a beautiful view, but also offers another experience for the palate in addition to the wines and the upscale cuisine. In addition to the restaurant, the winery also has the Coffee BloC, where you can enjoy excellent coffee specialities, cakes and delicious pastries.
Winery Buitenverwachting with Early Origin
It was once part of the first winery at the Cape: the Constantia Estate. Simon van der Stel, father of wine cultivation in South Africa, founded it at the end of the 17th century. Even though the winery has had many different owners in the past, the winemakers always succeeded in securing a good up to outstanding quality of the wines. In the middle of the 20th century, the cultivation areas stood idle. It was not until 1980 that the Hamburg couple Richard and Christine Müller purchased the historic estate and restored it with much love for detail. They not only gave the architecture new splendour but also revived wine cultivation after 30 years by only planting the best vines at the vineyards. Buitenverwachting is currently managed by the German shareholder Lars Maack. For more than two decades, there hasn’t been a change in the important positions at Buitenverwachting which lets the once very turbulent history remain in the past.