Thomas Jefferson once said: "Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far." And we agree! Walking is a fabulous activity and is particularly wonderful when the destination is an award winning wine farm.
Recently the forum embassy hill hosted a two-day conference for a financial services client and part of the brief was to include a team building exercise. Embassy Hill is set in an ideal location - close to the de Hel nature area where there is a walking trail which bears towards Constantia Glen wine estate. It didn’t take much brainstorming with Gus Allen and the team from Constantia Glen to come up with the concept of Walk & Wine.
The forum company champions the trend of healthy conferencing, which means offering delegates nutritious food and the opportunity to get up and get moving. Walk & Wine is a concept which satisfies these health and wellness components. Working with our client, delegates were asked to bring comfortable walking shoes to day one of the event. But they had no idea what they were in for. After a light, seasonal finger lunch, delegates geared up and headed for the De Hel Nature Trail which is a gentle ramble towards Constantia Glen Wine Estate.
Constantia Nek is a well-established wine growing area with vines first being planted in 1685! But Constantia Glen are the new kids on the block having only planted their first vineyards in 2000. However their cool climate red and white wines have already made quite a splash in the world of viticulture and we are enthusiastic quaffers. Gus Allen of Constantia Glen told us: “We do not irrigate our vines. This conserves our natural resource - water. We aim to offer an experience to all our customers. Wine is our way of connecting - whether by opening or pouring a bottle, offering a wine tasting here at the estate or welcoming visitors for a private visit to Constantia Glen”.
For a farm that as recently as the turn of this century was alien forest Constantia Glen is producing some of the top wines in South Africa. Constantia Glen TWO and Constantia FIVE are listed on our Platinum Diners Club wine list at Embassy Hill. Keen wine enthusiasts can enjoy both with any of our exceptional menus.
After trekking through the farms hills and glens our group was rewarded with a personal tasting of four wines. Two whites: the Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc and the Constantia Glen TWO, followed by two Bordeaux style red blends: the Constantia Glen THREE and the premium Constantia Glen FIVE. All of these make for great eating wines and we were spoiled with cheese and charcuterie platter as an afternoon snack.
The forum embassy hill is looking forward to creating more curated experiences with Constantia Glen to offer small discerning groups a truly unique experience to enhance their out of office meetings.