The land was originally granted to a widow, Catharina Ras, in 1682. Wines were first produced on the farm in 1695 – which was then named Swaaneweide (the feeding place of swans). It was later renamed Steenberg in honour of the imposing mountain which towers over it.
As the southern-most wine farm in Cape Town’s Constantia Valley, Steenberg benefits greatly from the cooling influence of nearby False Bay. Since 1990, there has been 60ha under vine; of which 48ha have grown to bear fruit. The cultivars on the farm at the moment are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Merlot, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.
As fine wines pair so well with gourmet cuisine, Steenberg offers BistroSixteen82: an elegantly modern daytime restaurant that brings food and wine together in a feast for the senses. This interactive and modern space incorporates the Steenberg Winery, Wine Tasting Bar and Tasting Lounge, where guests can relax, savour their wine and food, and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding indigenous gardens.
For those wishing to prolong their stay, Steenberg has a selection of sumptuous accommodation options available in the luxury hotel.