Finally I can sit down to blog after what could only be described as THE longest week in history. Given the week I’ve had of non-stop work and not to mention the bumper bash to my car, I thought what better way to kick back than to share with you the most relaxing wine farm in the Durbanville wine valley.
Semi off the beaten track of the typical Durbanville wine route lies the wonders of De Grendel wines on top of Tygerberg Hill, only 20 minutes from the Cape Town city bowl.
The reason I refer to this farm as being the most tranquil is because it is one of the only, if not the only wine estate that allows you to soak up the summer sun on lushes green grass while spoilt with the view of Table Mountain, the city centre and the scope of the Blouberg ocean from a single location. And let’s not forget the crisp blue lake with a huge foundation in the middle to entertain you and your family.
De Grendel offers the full package. Once you have been welcomed by friendly staff and signed into the farm you then continue along an adventurous gravel path surrounded by tall over hanging trees. This little drive creates much excitement and anticipation as you approach the beautifully kept wine house.
One of my many favourite features of the farm, which makes it stand out from all the rest, is their open wine process cellar. The public is welcomed to take a tour around the machinery that they use to produce their top quality wines and admire the procedure used to create the thing we all love so dearly!
Their wine tasting allows you to experience the full range of their prized wines while sitting either inside the tasting room or on the balcony overlooking the beautiful scenery. These wines range from my favourite: the De Grendel Rose to their MCC Brut. Their Rose is especially appealing to the ladies as it’s a very pretty light pink coloured wine that explodes with strawberries, red berries and watermelon. They have a large variety of wines, which includes their unique Winifred and Koetshuis! Both very different and exciting!
De Grendel completes your delightful experience to the farm with their elegant restaurant. I was extremely fortunate enough to select the amazing free-range pork fillet with baby potatoes and bordelaise off their menu. These flavors accompanied by the Rose were just the perfect way to end off a day of pure bliss and exciting memories.
This wine farm is perfect for large groups of people whether it be with your friends, family or both! Its also ideal for young families who wish to enjoy some peace as their large lawns, lake and ducks are enough to keep the kiddies busy. The only downfall to the farm is that you need to have plenty hours on hand, because with the vibrant atmosphere and ice cold wine it is very, very difficult to leave!
For more information and to book to experience this treat contact:
021 558 6280
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm;
Saturday 10am – 4pm;
Sunday 10am – 4pm