De Grendel Wine Farm in Durbanville: A Premier Winelands Destination near Cape Town
Discover an award-winning wine estate just a short 15-minute drive from Cape Town. De Grendel Wine Farm, located on Cape Town's Durbanville Wine Route, offers a world-class Winelands experience with breathtaking views of Table Mountain and resident wild game.
Spanning nearly 220 hectares on the fynbos-covered slopes of Tygerberg Hill, De Grendel boasts a natural, pastoral beauty that rivals even the most established wine districts in the Cape. Its picturesque vistas stretch from Table Bay to False Bay, and on clear days, even to Cape Point.
As a core focus of the winery, the Durbanville region's suitability for producing exceptional Sauvignon Blanc shines through in De Grendel's two distinct styles. The De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc delights with tropical fruit flavors, while the Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc offers a crisp, grassy profile, grown in a vineyard adjacent to the historic coach house.
De Grendel's wine collection extends beyond whites, showcasing an elegant salmon-hued Rosé, an apple-driven MCC Brut, a buttery Pinot Noir, a world-class Merlot and Shiraz, and the flagship Bordeaux Blend, Rubaiyat. Each wine reflects the farm's commitment to excellence and family values, with Rubaiyat named after a collection of 11th-century love poems cherished by the late Sir David, father of Sir De Villiers Graaff, the fourth-generation custodian of De Grendel.
Beyond producing exceptional wines, De Grendel upholds ethical and sustainable practices. The farm embraces responsible farming methods, minimizing spraying and relying on natural predators whenever possible. It actively protects the endangered Renosterveld vegetation that thrives on the hill and invests in the education of its farm laborers' children.
While De Grendel's highlights include its breathtaking views, country ambiance, and diverse wine selection, its commitment to ethical practices adds to its charm. As Sir De Villiers emphasizes, De Grendel is the ultimate destination for an unforgettable day in the Cape Winelands.
De Grendel Restaurant:
Experience the complete package at De Grendel with the addition of its refined on-site eatery. Opened in March 2012, the restaurant overlooks a serene dam and the majestic silhouette of Table Mountain, offering a contemporary South African cuisine that perfectly complements the estate's wines, available at cellar door prices.
Under the guidance of esteemed local chef Ian Bergh, the restaurant has received accolades such as the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016 and the Best Scenic Restaurant (Luxury Setting) in South Africa at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2016.
The seasonal menus feature delectable creations that combine international trends with local flavors. The restaurant's light and airy space exudes a sense of history and family, adorned with personal paintings, photographs, and regal blue and white crockery bearing the family crest. De Grendel Restaurant offers an intimate yet elegant dining experience just 15 minutes from Cape Town, transporting guests to a world of culinary delight.