The Durbanville Wine Valley
The Durbanville Wine Valley is often overlooked against its older brothers in Stellenbosch and the Constantia winelands, but it’s the one place in the Northern Suburbs you can almost always enjoy a view of the Mother City’s Table Mountain while wine tasting, picnicking and exploring the lush outdoors. Home to happy clay soils, pristine views and brisk Atlantic Ocean breezes, the area produces marvellous Chardonnay, Cabernet and Merlot varieties as well as an offering of great things to do – including events and a fine day’s wining, dining and sightseeing for the whole family.
And it’s easy to find. All you need is one road – The N1 – and twenty minutes. From the city centre to the heart of one of the youngest, most vibrant wine farm areas on the Cape Peninsula, it’s a day trip with a difference.
Discovering the Durbanville winelands is a bit like popping the cork of a favourite wine –the experience is dependable, delightful and promises a few surprises. From hill top picnics to kiddies catering, from award winning wines to vintage farm houses, from documented terroir to Table Mountain view, its hills and dales have much to discover.
Find fine wine and good fun without the fuss
Follow our suggested route from De Grendel to Meerendal for a breakdown of the spaces and places to enjoy Northern Suburbs wine hospitality. Remember that some venues are only open to the public for limited times over the weekends.
De Grendel Estate
Off the M14 (which leads down to the beach, eventually), the quickest city break is the prestigious De Grendel Estate (Plattekloof Road). Definitively eco-conscious and insistent on quality, there’s a touch of timelessness and authenticity in its daily activities, from wine making to breeding of award-winning livestock. See the Table Mountain from the tasting room and visit during one of its many annual activities.