Experience the Durbanville Wine Route
Located in the Tygerberg Hills, the Durbanville wine valley is home to a number of award winning wines and twelve wineries including Bloemendal Wine Estate, Altydgedacht, De Grendel, Diemersdal Estate and Meerendal Wine Estate. Make sure you buy a few bottles of the area’s famous Sauvignon Blanc and dine at a few of the exceptional restaurants or country kitchens found in this area.
De Grendel Wine Estate
An impressive history
Situated only 5 minutes away from Burgundy Luxury Apartments, the De Grendel is one of the most historic estates in the Cape. The farm was first occupied in 1720, with the first vines being planted in 1999 by Sir David Graaff. By 2013, De Grendel’s Shiraz, Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot had won Veritas Double Gold Awards.
Enjoying the fruits of the vine
The only thing more exceptional than the wines made at the estate is the view you get while tasting them. The veranda looks out over the vineyards and all the way to Table Mountain, Cape Town city and the ocean. Take in the view whilst enjoying either a selection of the Estate’s Premium or Flagship wines.
A foodie experience
De Grendel is home to a fine dining restaurant run by Jonathan Davies – the mastermind behind Michelin-starred restaurant The Crown, at Whitebrook in Wales. Using locally sourced ingredients, Chef Ian Bergh creates dishes that have creative flavour combinations with a modern edge. Stand out menu items include Brandy & Coke Ice Cream and liquid popcorn.
Spend time in the Mother City
There’s no shortage of things to do in Cape Town and her surrounds. Visit historical sites like Robben Island, go for a hike up Lion’s Head, have a picnic at Kirstenbosch Gardens, shop till you drop at V&A Waterfront or enjoy the night life in Long Street. There are of course many other must-see and must-do’s like a trip up Table Mountain, eating fish and chips in Houtbay and taking a tour of the city. Cape Town is an explorer’s delight!
Visit Nearby Towns
Take a trip to charming Darling. Famous for the beautiful wild flowers that surround the town, it’s also the home of well-known comedian Pieter Dirk-Uys. Visitors to the area should experience a side splitting show at the satirist’s theatre – Evita se Perron – a cabaret venue and restaurant named after Dirk-Uys’ alter ego Evita Bezuidenhout.
After you’ve toured the Durbanville Wine Route, visit the epicentre of South African wine production – Stellenbosch. The roads of this small town (the second oldest in South Africa) are lined with houses in Cape Dutch, Victorian and Georgian style. Spend a day walking Dorp Street and experiencing the cosmopolitan restaurants, boutique stores and coffee shops. There are a number of incredible wine estates in Stellenbosch, including Beyerskloof, Simonsig, Kanonkop, Lanzerac, Delaire Graff, Spier and Rust en Vrede.
As the gourmet capital of the country, eight of the top 100 restaurants in South Africa are found in Franschhoek, as well as 30 wine cellars and estates. The Franschhoek Valley is home to the Cap Classique Wine Route that includes nine sparkling wine makers. A diverse array of art and antique shops, galleries, restaurants and coffee shops line the streets. Cape Dutch style architecture adds charm and beauty to an area rich in gorgeous natural scenery.