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Durbanville Wine Farms – a Full Wine Tasting Information.

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Need to experience a number of the finest wine estates Cape City has to supply? Then Durbanville wine route is a not-to-miss place in Cape City. The realm between Durbanville and Bloubergstrand is commonly referred to as “Sauvignon Blanc Nation”. Situated simply 30 kilometers from town heart Durbanville is an efficient different to Constantia for wine tasting. The residential suburb on the northern outskirts of Cape City is surrounded by stunning wine farms.  The great estates within the rolling hills of this hilly wine-producing space is a day journey from the mom metropolis to not miss.

The Durbanville wine farms supply a number of the finest views of Desk Mountain accessible, a wonderful backdrop for tasting some high quality wines. Situated within the coronary heart of wine nation with vineyards planted as early as 1702 Durbanville is among the oldest wine-producing areas within the nation. The situation ends in a cooler local weather and yielding a really totally different fashion of wine made on the Durbanville wine farms than on the well-known neighboring wine farms of Stellenbosch with its sizzling local weather and ensuing wines. Regardless that I grew up shut by, we solely just lately began discovering a number of the marvelous wine estates and we have been stunned by the unbelievable wines. On this article we have a look at how one can go wine tasting round Durbanville; the unbelievable wine farms, particular wines, some nice meals pairings, wonderful property eating places, and a few superior actions to not miss.

Durbanville Wine Route Map
Durbanville Wine Route Map, De Grendel is 19 km from Cape City, a couple of 25 minute drive on the N1 freeway, CLICK MAP for Google Maps of this map.

In the event you’re planning to discover different areas of Cape Winelands we’ve got some nice posts that may make it easier to to plan your journey and select one of the best actions in Stellenbosch and discover out what to do in Franschhoek moreover wine tasting.

Wine tasting Durbanville – how does it work?

The wine farms on the Durbanville wine route that supply wine tasting all have a devoted tasting room with properly educated workers to inform you in regards to the wines and help you with the tasting. The common value of tasting ranged from R50- R90 ($3-$6) per farm and usually consists of tasting of 5 wines per farm. We discovered the tastings right here value a bit greater than on another wine routes, however consists of extra wines. This is a vital truth to think about when planning your route, in case you self drive I’ll suggest no more than Three farms on a day. We regularly share a tasting between the 2 of us, because the quantity they pour is adequate for 2 folks to style and have by no means encountered a farm having an issue with this. Following the tasting we normally purchase a bottle of our favourite to take pleasure in with a braai or some sushi again house. 

Durbanville is positioned about 30 minutes drive from Cape City, the farms will not be far aside (have a look at our Wine Farm Map) and self drive is the commonest method to discover the realm. All of the farms on the Durbanville wine route are on Google Maps, for automotive rental we are able to suggest RentalCars Join with nice choices and evaluating the rental companies and automotive fashions to make it simple to pick out.

Many tasting venues are stunning with unbelievable views of the Durbanville Wine Valley, False Bay or Desk Mountain. There are some nice eating places positioned on a number of the wine farms providing a wide range of superior meals experiences, so stopping for lunch is a good thought. We love food-wine pairings and there are some distinctive choices by a number of the Durbanville wine farms. 

The rolling hills of the Durbanville Wine Valley.

Suggestions for tasting within the Durbanville Wine Valley

  • Tasting venues get very busy on weekends and public holidays, we want to go within the week.
  • The water within the space is brackish, some farms supply mineral water on the market, you should buy water, drink brackish water or convey you personal.
  • Share a tasting, in case you simply need to style the wines we discovered one tasting is lots for 2 folks and we purchase a bottle of our favourite to take house.
  • Guide your tasting in case you are a bunch, go tasting on a weekend or vacation or you probably have a selected request.
  • Lease a automotive, self drive is the way in which to go within the valley.
  • Strive a number of the meals pairings, there are some fascinating meals pairings on totally different farms that convey out distinctive traits from these wonderful wines.
  • Discover the property eating places, a lot of the farms have unbelievable eating places with wonderful views and high quality meals.
  • Carry the children, a number of the farms cater for the entire household with large lawns, large playgrounds, biking routes and nice pizzas.
wine tasting Nitida
Wonderful cozy tasting between the wine barrels at Nitida.

Wine Excursions on the Durbanville Wine Route

Doing an organised wine tour clearly provides you much less freedom, however you may be taught quite a bit from a educated information, it is rather handy, and the largest benefit is you don’t want a delegated driver. Self drive is the commonest method to discover the Durbanville wine route with restricted corporations providing wine excursions, however they’re accessible.

The Wines of Durbanville

Wine tasting in Cape Winelands is unquestionably one of many must-do things in Cape City. Out of a number of wine areas, Durbanville is legendary for wonderful Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux blends, and Pinotage wines constituted of grapes grown on this cooler area. 

Sauvignon Blanc is unquestionably the cultivar to deal with within the space and there’s even a yearly Sauvignon Blanc pageant to have fun the unbelievable Sauvignon Blanc wines made right here. The  terroir is ideal for rising this wonderful white grape; cool south easter wind in summer season, clay soil and off target revolutionary wine makers collectively produce distinctive Sauvignon Blanc wines with aromas of inexperienced fig, tropical aromas of grenadilla, guava and mango, and a few grassy, herbaceous, vegetative characters.

If you wish to style one thing really South African Durbanville is a must-include in your Cape City itinerary. The Durbanville wine route is a good place to style Pinotage, one other signature cultivar within the space. This uniquely South African grape selection was created in Stellenbosch in 1925 by Prof Abraham Perold, the primary Professor of Viticulture at Stellenbosch College. Prof Perold made Pinotage by crossing two grape varieties, Hermitage (now referred to as Cinsaut) and Pinot noir. The intention was to create an incredible wine-producing grape like Pinot Noir that grows in addition to the strong selection Cinsaut. The cool winds and clay soils of the valley result in the manufacturing of distinctive cool local weather Pinotage wines in a unique fashion than the Stellenbosch space.

De Grendel Rubicon tasting
Consuming a De Grendel Rubicon, one in all our favourite Bordeaux blends on the Durbanville Wine Route.

A Bordeaux mix is a purple wine primarily composed of the traditional Bordeaux varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, with smaller parts of Malbec and Petit Verdot. The realm is thought to supply some wonderful purple wines and a few award profitable Bordeaux’s are sometimes delivered by the Durbanville wine valley.

We observed a few estates on the Durbanville wine route producing Pinot Noir wines. The French area Burgundy might be the best-known area for this cultivar on the earth. This fickle, thin-skinned grape is just not broadly grown in South Africa. The Hemel and Aarde Valley round Hermanus are finest identified for producing wonderful Pinot Noir wines. In the event you go to the valley between August and October you may mix wine-tasting with whale watching in Hermanus.

A number of Cap Classique winemakers all through the Cape use Pinot Noir. The cooler area right here is properly suited to producing Pinot’s and the wines we tasted have been good with a lot of purple fruit flavors. 

Wonderful cool-climate examples of Chardonnay, Shiraz and Merlot are additionally produced on the farms within the Durbanville wine valley.

In the event you take pleasure in fruity Chennin Blanc wines I’ll suggest you go to the Breedekloof Wine Route, the farms on this off the crushed observe wine route produces wonderful Chennins. The surroundings within the Du Toitskloof mountains is unbelievable and on these much less touristy estates, you may nonetheless meet the winemaker and have a extra intimate experience.

Durbanville Wine Farms

The wine areas of South Africa are outlined geographically by a Wine of Origin system that’s proven on the wine labels.  The Wine of Origin District ‘Cape City’ accommodates a complete of 30 wine farms and is split into the wards Durbanville, Constantia, Philadelphia and Hout Bay. Wards divide wine rising areas by distinctive terroir traits corresponding to local weather, panorama and soil sort that have an effect on grape and wine high quality. There are 12 wine farms within the Durbanville ward.

Nitida sauvignon blanc sensory tasting
Tasting room within the vineyards at Nitida

The vineyards on the Durbanville route is positioned within the Tygerberg Hills not removed from False Bay or the west coast, the proximity of the vineyards to the ocean moderates the temperature with cool ocean breezes leading to cool local weather fashion wines.The gently rolling terrain ends in totally different microclimates, offering viticulturists with a large selection of terroir for his or her grape rising wants. The Durbanville wine farms with stunning views of Desk Mountain and Lions Head is a tremendous spot for sunsets and sundowner drinks. 

Durbanville Hills

The award profitable Durbanville Hills might be one of the best identified vineyard on the Durbanville wine route, positioned solely about 20 minutes drive from Cape City’s metropolis heart. The fashionable tasting room with spectacular views of Desk Mountain and Desk Bay could be very common providing about 100 00Zero tasting per yr.

Seven distinguished grape growers  within the Durbanville district teamed up with Distell to construct the Durbanville Hills cellar and make their very own wines; at present they’re 9 companions. A few of these farms began producing grapes within the early 1700’s, however the first classic of wine produced in Durbanville Hills was in 1999.

Wine Tasting at Durbanville Hills

The fashionable tasting room has unbelievable views of Desk Mountain, Desk Bay, Robben Island and Cape City. On a pleasant day tasting wine outdoors is nice observing the vineyards of the Durbanville wine valley and the ocean. In winter the hearth inside makes it very cosy. The spectacular tasting room has floor-to-ceiling glass for viewing the cellar. The big venue incorporates the wine tasting space, restaurant, assembly rooms and a store, with giant home windows and a balcony.

There are a lot of types of tasting on supply right here, together with a wide range of meals wine pairings. 

The Crystal Tasting is the straight ahead tasting together with 5 wines and a wine glass to take house for R80 ($5.20).  

For one thing particular do the Collectors Reserve tasting – A personal cellar tour, together with a meals pairing with all seven Collectors Reserve wines and a bottle of Collectors Reserve wine to take house. (R295.00/$19) This tasting takes about 2 hours and must be booked forward. Obtainable from Monday to Friday between 12:00 and 15:00

Award profitable wines to style – Durbanville Hills Collectors Reserve Cableway Chardonnay 2018, Durbanville Hills Collectors Reserve Cape Mist Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Durbanville Hills Caapmans Cabernet Merlot 2006

Chocolate and wine pairing at Durbanville Hills
Chocolate and wine pairing at Durbanville Hills

Durbanville Hills Wine Pairings

The Chocolate Wine Pairing – A chocolatier from Knysna created artisan goodies particularly to enhance the aroma, taste and general mouthfeel of particular wines. We actually loved the chocolate pairing, our favourite combos have been the Pinotage and Chennin with goodies made to go with them. Our mates all liked the Collectors Reserve Chenin Blanc with white orange blossom chocolate mixture we ended up shopping for for our Friday night time braai, the creamy white chocolate actually lifted fruity and floral characters from this fascinating Chennin Blanc wine. This chocolate wine pairing is a collection of 5 wines with 5 artisan goodies (R95/$6.15). Different common pairings right here is the cheese and wine or biltong and dried fruit pairing. 

The Cheese pairing combines full-bodied wines with robust and flavorful cheeses, this tasting features a collection of 5 wines with 5 cheeses (R105/$6.80). The Biltong pairing is a really uniquely South African meals experience. Biltong is a kind of cured meat from totally different origins, normally beef or sport. This tasting pairs dried fruits and biltong with properly suited wines. 

Actions at Durbanville Hills

Desk Mountain Wine Safari – Throughout this wine tasting tour you’re taken in a safari automobile on some winding routes round desk mountain on lesser pushed roads closed to the general public to some particular spots for excellent views of the ocean, mountains and Cape City space tasting wines with a collection of snacks on the route. 

Cellar Tour – a tour of the cellar is out there together with a Crystal tasting (R80/$6.15) – e-book 24h forward

For youngsters Durbanville Hills has an out of doors children play space, with a jungle gymnasium and massive garden to run round and play when you take pleasure in your tasting. 

Restaurant at Durbanville Hills

The award profitable Durbanville Hills Vineyard Restaurant is named Tangram (the identify of a flagship wine made right here). High-quality eating with spectacular views of Cape City exhibiting off at sundown.  The restaurant is headed up by chef Tamzyn Ehlers and has acquired awards corresponding to Finest Gourmand Delicacies in Africa and Finest South African Delicacies on a World Degree. The modern setting provides stunning panoramic views of Desk Mountain, Desk Bay and the vineyards of the Durbanville wine valley. Guide forward.

Guide a tasting or desk – Durbanville Hills +27 (0)21 558 1300

Klein Roosboom

For a novel wine tasting experience on the Durbanville wine route don’t miss Klein Roosboom Wine Farm. The boutique vineyard describes itself as ‘Cape City’s finest stored secret’, I’m not going to argue with them. It’s troublesome to face out on this wine route; blessed with wonderful terroir, many farms producing phenomenal wines, loads of nice views of Desk mountain and lots of top quality eating places. The wine tasting in previous cement fermentation tanks was personal little tasting rooms, superbly adorned is a very particular experience at this wine farm. They lengthen the distinctive experience to Jéan Restaurant the place you may have a desk set contained in the vineyards of Klein Roosboom. 

Tasting wine in one of many ‘wine caves’ at Klein Roosboom.

Wine tasting at Klein Roosboom

We actually loved the wines made by Karin De Villiers, winemaker and proprietor at Klein Roosboom vineyard. Many of the wines have been named after a member of the family with letters written to that particular particular person as again labels, take a while to learn them, it’s very nice. You’ve got three tasting choices; a white wine tasting with Three wines (R50/$3.25), purple wine tasting Three wines (R65) or a ‘Better of each worlds’ tasting with 6 wines (R80/$6.15). We did the combined tasting and actually just like the Johan Cabernet Sauvignon and the Jean Sauvignon Blanc of which we bought a bottle to take house for the weekend. If you would like one thing to nibble on there are some good platters accessible; a ‘plaas plankie’ spring tasting plate (R75/$4.85) or double cheese platter (R150/$9.70). You may as well order a picnic basket for two full of goodies (R295/$95) to take pleasure in someplace on this stunning property.

The wines at Klein Roosboom are nice, however the star of the tasting was the experience of the personal tasting within the previous fermentation tank uniquely adorned. Every room is an previous concrete wine vat transformed into a surprising little tasting room. You may nonetheless experience the wine and see and really feel previous wine crystallization on the partitions.

Each room is uniquely adorned with a unique theme. Apart from the wine tank rooms there are tables inside and outdoors for tasting. The tasting was properly offered by the pleasant, educated workers. It will get busy on weekends and in season, so if you need a comfortable personal wine tasting room at these occasions e-book your Klein Roosboom wine tasting forward.

Award profitable wines to style – Klein Roosboom Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Jean Deli

The situation and magnificence of this glass constructing within the vineyards of Klein Roosboom is gorgeous. Named after Karin’s late husband, the décor is imaginative and relaxed, critiques of Chef Lorianne Heyns and her staff’s dishes and creativity are unbelievable. The restaurant focuses on native, farm-fresh and natural produce. There are some tables and umbrellas within the winery which might be an incredible experience to take a seat and revel in a glass of wine or meals from the restaurant.

Things to do at Klein Roosboom Vineyard

Go on a Social gathering Bike Journey – the bike is definitely a 12 seat automotive with a mixture of pedal energy and an electrical motor. Cruising via the winery for two hours you may take a snack field or some wine and there might be a number of tasting factors on the cruise. (R300/$19.45 pp).

Make a booking- Klein Roosboom

Wine Tasting Room+27 (0)60 877 2678 JÉAN Deli +27 (0)79 693 9646

De Grendel

In the case of wonderful views of Desk Mountain, seeing our favourite mountain behind the vineyards of the Durbanville wine valley from the wine farm De Grendel was our primary selection. This stunning venue continues to be an actual farm, driving to the tasting room you move cattle grazing on flower strewn meadows. De Grendel is blessed with sea views, cool ocean breezes and misty nights; good circumstances for producing high quality Sauvignon Blanc wines. The farm was purchased by businessman and politician Sir David De Villiers Graaff in 1890, Grape vines have been grown for the primary time on this breathtaking wine farm in 1800, its award profitable wine making historical past nevertheless begins pretty current when a later technology Sir David Graaff planted vines on De Grendel in 1999.

view from De Grendel
Wonderful view of Desk Mountain tasting wine on the stoep of De Grendel.

Wine Tasting at De Grendel

Wine Tasting at De Grendel Wine Property is a good experience. The relaxed, however upmarket ambiance and pleasant, educated workers creates an incredible ambiance for wine tasting. The wines are unbelievable. De Grendel has two tasting areas, a lovely tasting room with large home windows, in addition to a stunning deck, each supply wonderful views of Desk mountain. There are two tasting choices; the Premium Tasting (R100/$6.50) and the Flagship Tasting (R120/$7.80).  I can suggest the flagship tasting, the ‘Op die berg’ Chardonnay and the ‘Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc’ have been unbelievable and properly priced (we took a Koetshuis house) and don’t miss the Rubayat Bordeaux mix.

De Grendel has a scrumptious Gourmand Snack Choice ready by Chef Ian Bergh accessible you probably have a spot to fill throughout the tasting  (R220/$14.30). 

Award profitable wines to style – De Grendel Op die Berg Chardonnay 2018, De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2019, De Grendel Op die Berg Pinot Noir 2017, De Grendel Rubaiyat 2016 (Crimson Mix)

De Grendel Restaurant

The De Grendel restaurant is a extremely rated superb eating restaurant. The inside of the restaurant is gorgeous providing gorgeous views via giant home windows, chef Ian Bergh is seen from behind the glass in his kitchen. Dishes are all designed to go with wines of their wonderful vary and are ready from domestically sourced substances. The menu modifications typically primarily based on the supply of the native farm sourced substances.

For lunch, select from the two- or three-course choices, with non-compulsory wine pairings.

The favored restaurant is commonly totally booked weeks forward.

Reservation beneficial – Tel: 021 558 6280 Bookings De Grendel

Open Thursday to Sunday Lunch: 11h30 to 14h00, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday Dinner: 18h00 to 19h00, Mondays & Tuesdays: Closed

Meerendal

Meerendal is one in all just a few wine farms in South Africa that may declare it has been bottling wine below the present identify of the property for greater than 50 years. The farm is greater than 300 years previous and the primary grape vines have been planted right here in 1714. Till 1969 all of the wine nevertheless went into anonymous barrels on the KWV cooperative cellar. In 1969 a Shiraz and Pinotage was bottled below the Meerland model. Meerendal was one of many first farms to plant Pinotage and at present they produce Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinotage, Shiraz, Merlot, and Pinot Noir grapes and wines.

There’s lots of historical past on this stunning wine property on the Durbanville wine route.  The gorgeous Cape Dutch homestead on the property is a well-known image of Meerendal. This beautiful constructing has been transformed right into a luxurious boutique resort surrounded by vineyards.

There’s lots to do at Meerendal property, it options two eating places, a wine tasting room, some wonderful mountain biking, and path operating trails and even a wine academy!

The tasting room at Meerendal
The tasting room at Meerendal

Wine Tasting at Meerendal

Meerendal has a small tasting room, with some tasting tables and a bar space. The tasting was properly offered. There are two tasting choices accessible, Choice 1 – Four wines from the On a regular basis consuming or Normal vary, or Choice 2 – any Four wines, this mainly lets you style the wonderful Cape Mix as properly. Tastings and Gross sales – Tuesday to Solar: 09:00 until 18:00 (Solar until 17:00)

Award profitable wines to style – Meerendal Intensio Pinotage 2017, Meerendal Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Eating places at Meerendal

Meerendal property has two eating places and a farmstall promoting all types of farm merchandise, Meerendal merchandise and an incredible cup of espresso.

Il Tesoro is the superb eating restaurant on the Meerendal property, providing a variety of dishes, from wild boar ragu with spinach gnocchi to fascinating beef or hen dishes. All produce used is ethically and domestically sourced from the encircling farms

Carlucci’s is a well-liked deli restaurant franchise. The restaurant at Meerendal provides a wide range of dishes from wonderful burgers to pizzas, sushi and sandwiches. There’s a nice playground and massive garden for youths to play, good spot for a espresso.

Mountain Bike and Operating Trails

Meerendal is house to a variety of extremely popular mountain bike trails for all ranges. Interntational occasions just like the Cape Epic has been hosted right here. The paths are graded from simple to medium and is designed and marked for various ability ranges. The routes take 1-2 hours to finish relying in your tempo.

There are three operating trails at Meerendal with a mixed distance of 9km.

Meerendal Wine Academy

Enter the Meerendal wine academy for an introduction to the wine making course of. Experience all points of wine making from the winery to the cellar, be taught from the wine maker, do official wine tasting programs.

Lodging at Meerendal

Meerendal Boutique Lodge – Keep on this luxurious Four star resort with stunning, large room and bogs. Nice location – easy accessibility to the wine lands and the western coast seashores, Cape City and the V&A Waterfront, and the Cape City worldwide airport (shuttle for choose up accessible).

Canto

The boutique vineyard Canto is the most recent addition to the Durbanville Wine Route and solely opened its doorways in January 2018. The farm is well-known for producing wonderful MCC’s (champagne) and we have been wanting ahead to the famend MCC and macaron pairing. The tasting room seems like a white chapel in the course of an enormous garden surrounded by vineyards. Canto is positioned on the Vissershok highway subsequent to Meerendal. The proprietor Marinus Neethling purchased the land from Meerendal in 2012 and has 18 hectares of vineyards producing Chardonnay and Merlot grapes. The identify Canto means ‘lyric’ in Italian, apparently the identify displays the robust ties with Meerendal the place ‘Canto is the lyric’, and, ‘ Meerendal is the music’.

MCC Macaron pairing Canto
Scrumptious MCC/Macron pairing at Canto

Winetasting at Canto

The fashionable tasting room is fashionable and comfy with a bar and lounge space furnished with comfy couches, tasting tables and chairs, with the vineyard within the background. There are two tasting choices at Canto, the MCC tasting with Four MCC’s for R60 ($3.90) and their normal wine tasting with a mixture of 5 purple and white wines for R60. From the nonetheless wines Canto produce a wonderful wooded Chardonnay and a really good full bodied Merlot.

We don’t typically style MCC so evaluating the 4 Canto MCC’s was a little bit of a novelty. Clearly we needed to do the MCC/macaron pairing. First tasting the MCC’s on their very own our favourite was the weird Shiraz MCC with clear raspberry aromas. The Chardonnay/Pinot noir MCC was one other favourite, extra richness with some strawberry flavors.

The MCC and Macaron pairing:

  • Canto Chardonnay MCC Brut 2016, paired with a White Hazelnut macaroon.
  • Canto Shiraz Rose MCC Brut 2018, paired with a Crimson Velvet macaroon.
  • Canto Pinot Noir MCC Brut 2017, paired with a Pink Turkish Delight macaroon.
  • Canto Chardonnay/Pinot Noir MCC Brut 2018, paired with a Brown Salted Caramel macaroon.

Our favourite pairing was the Chardonnay/Pinot Noir MCC and the Salted Caramel macaron. The macaron is scrumptious and introduced out the richness within the MCC. After this pairing we purchased a bottle of the Chardonnay/Pinot Noir MCC and can purchase salted caramel macarons when we’ve got one thing particular to have fun!

The tasting room has a deli fridge stocked with a wide range of cheeses, chilly meats and condiments to construct your individual platter for the tasting room. For about R200 ($13) you may put collectively a imply platter.

Award profitable wines to style – Canto Merlot 2018

Picnic at Canto

Canto has an enormous garden, the proper place for picnics which can be found on Saturdays and Sundays. To picnic at Canto a minimal buy from the deli for R180 ($11.70) is required (excluding wine and beverage purchases). Ten spots can be found with a most of Four folks per picnic spot, that is on a first-come first-served foundation.

Nitida

The award profitable boutique vineyard Nitida, identified for his or her wonderful Sauvignon Blanc wines, has an fascinating story. Proprietor Bernhard Veller and his spouse purchased the piece of land in 1990 not understanding a lot about farming or wine making. Along with a farm employee named Klaas, Bernard planted their first vineyards in 1992, planning to simply make a few barrels of wine. Three years later they gained their first awards for wonderful Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon wines and at present they’re acknowledged as probably the greatest boutique wineries within the Cape. Danie Keulder was the winemaker at Nitida untill just lately and has additionally produced some wonderful reds with award profitable Merlot and Pinot Noir vintages.

Nitida Wines are named after the protea nitida which grows within the endangered Renosterveld Flora. The native flora is essential to Bernard and Peta Veller that comes with the endangered vegetation into their stunning, rigorously designed labels.

Evaluating Four totally different Sauvignon Blanc wines in a sensory tasting at Nitida with some aroma sensory parts. Even on this image you may see an enormous distinction between the wines made in numerous types.

Wine Tasting at Nitida

Tasting here’s a distinctive experience on the Durbanville wine route, you’re feeling a part of the wine making course of. The tasting space is small and inside a cellar surrounded by wine barrels the place workers are tasting, mixing and occurring with their wine making duties. 

There are three tasting choices; a traditional tasting of Four wines (R50/$3.25), artisanal tasting of Four dearer and restricted wines (R70/$4.54) and a Sauvignon Sensory Tasting (R100/$6.50).

The Sauvignon Blanc Tasting at Nitida 

We did the Sauvignon Blanc Sensory Tasting, it was a enjoyable experience. You get to style Four of Nitida’s award profitable Sauvignon Blanc wines and get a goodie basket full of an assortment of parts you may sniff and even style to awaken your senses. We performed round with the dried fruits, flowers, herbs, spice and different parts, exploring the wines for an hour or so, an incredible thought in Sauvignon Blanc nation. Our host was pleasant and educated, however we’d have most well-liked labeled parts and extra steering to show it into a greater studying experience.

Award profitable wines to style – Nitida Golden Orb 2018 (Sauvignon Blanc), Nitida Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Nitida Wild Baby 2018 (Sauvignon Blanc), Nitida Semillon 2018

Eating places at Nitida

There are two eating places owned and managed by Warren Swaffield on the property, Cassia Restaurant and Tables at Nitida. 

Cassia, a spice often known as Asian cinnamon, is the identify of Nitida wine property’s resident restaurant. The restaurant has an superior setting with a big picket deck hanging over the farm dam with wonderful views throughout the Durbanville vineyards. Chef Barend Gouws and his staff prepares a various menu described as ‘modern, rustic delicacies’. Tuesday to Saturday for Lunch and Dinner, Sunday Lunch solely

Tables at Ntida is a household bistro, chef Shani Kleynhans  and her staff deal with making ready easy meals utilizing domestically produced and sourced substances that complement the delicacies. 

Bookings – Contact Nitida Wine Cellar +27 21 976 1467 Tables at Nitida +27 21 975 9357

D’Aria

Sharing a cheese platter and tasting wonderful wine at an incredible venue we actually liked the wine farm D’Aria. The farming historical past of this land goes again about 300 years, D’Aria was nevertheless established in 1998 and the primary wine classic was produced ten years later. Right this moment the wines produced right here by winemaker Rudi von Waltsleben are high notch with a number of award profitable whites and reds. They satisfaction themselves on wonderful terroir, minimal dealing with of the grapes and doing the vinification course of by hand so far as potential. The situation is gorgeous with a open Tasting Room that overlooks a small dam and fountain from the rear deck. There are a number of bench tables below the bushes on the grass subsequent to the water. The ambiance within the tasting room is nice, it’s a self assist arrange. The award profitable Poplars Restaurant is positioned at D’Aria.

You may take pleasure in good burgers and a wine tasting on the picket deck between tall bushes overlooking the dam.

wine tasting D'Aria
Having fun with a cheese platter with our wine tasting below the Poplar bushes at D’Aria.

Wine tasting at D’Aria

The tasting is served one glass at a time on the counter contained in the tasting room, we loved our tasting below the poplar bushes with a cheese platter. Rudi, proprietor and wine maker, is a music man and most of the wines names are music associated. You may select 5 wines from the Music and Premium Ranges (R40/$2.60) or Three wines from the reserve vary (R40). From the Premium Vary we actually loved the Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot with wealthy purple fruit (we took a bottle house). The wooded Sauvignon Blanc ‘The Following’ is one thing totally different.

Award profitable wines to style – D’Aria Songbird Sauvignon Blanc 2018, D’Aria Wild Factor Sauvignon Blanc 2019, D’Aria Soprano Shiraz 2018

Restaurant at D’Aria

Poplars restaurant is a lovely giant home with many fascinating rooms inside, this divides the restaurant into extra intimate eating areas. There’s a giant veranda overlooking the gardens which is a good place to take a seat in summer time. 

Poplars has a contemporary European grill menu that pairs properly with the wonderful sauvignon blancs and wealthy reds from D’Aria.

Bookings – Contact D’Aria, Tasting Room – 021 801 6772  Cellar – 021 979 3650  

Maastricht

The farm Maastricht was established in 1702 producing grapes for a few years, however producing wines below the Maastricht label solely began just lately. The early Dutch settlers named the farm Maastricht as a result of the clay soils reminded them of their house city with the identical identify. We had an incredible tasting and I’ll suggest you go to the brand new tasting amenities at this stunning wine farm. The Louw household have been making wine right here since 1982, establishing the Maastricht wine farm in 2010. The farm is planted with about 100 hectares of vineyards, primarily Sauvignon Blanc, Pinotage, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon with a small block of Pinot Noir.

Maastricht tasting room
The gorgeous entrance to the Maastricht tasting room

Wine tasting at Maastricht

The doorway to the tasting space is very nice with a flower crammed path main as much as the previous barn that has been transformed right into a tasting room. The brand new outdoors tasting space overlooking the vineyards is ideal for a summers day and we loved our tasting right here.  Six property wines will be tasted for R50 or add the wonderful restricted launch wooded Chardonnay and MCC to style all eight wines for R80 ($5.20). The woman that offered the tasting was pleasant and educated. We loved the Maastricht Pinotage 2018, with purple fruits, black cherry, and an enormous juicy mouthfeel. The Wooded Chardonnay 2018 was wonderful and could have us coming again to this little boutique vineyard. Some mild meals or snacks can be found for buy on the tasting room.

Award profitable wines to style: Maastricht Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Maastricht Pinot Noir 2017

Bookings Maastricht wine tastings for a personal tasting for teams of two to 15 folks. 076 540 5105

Bloemendal

Bloemendal Wine farm was established in 1702 and is among the largest wine farms within the Durbanville area, stretching into the Kanonberg Mountains. The primary wine cellar on Bloemendal was constructed  in 1920, however the farm was solely registered as a wine property in 1987. A producer of high quality award-winning wines, finest identified for wonderful Sauvignon Blancs typical for the Durbanville wine valley. The  common household restaurant, Bon Amis is positioned on the property. This can be a very household pleasant venue with sprawling lawns, a jungle gymnasium for the children, a biking observe, wooden fired pizza oven and even kiddies juice and ice cream tasting!

Wine tasting at Bloemendal

Bloemendal has an intensive vary of wines you may style and supply some fascinating meals pairings. The small tasting room and terrace is good for wine tasting, however there’s not a lot of a view from the tasting heart. Wine tasting prices R60 ($3.90) together with a collection of 5 wines. The Property vary has some wonderful wines together with the a lot hyped (properly deserved) Suider Terras Sauvignon Blanc. We loved the wine and nougat pairing (R120/ $7.60)), actually one thing totally different and fascinating. The Sally Williams Nougats have been all unbelievable, I liked the Macadamia nougat paired with a barrel fermented and aged Chardonnay (2016), for us the nougat accentuated caramel and hazelnut tones within the wine that we liked. One other fascinating pairing is the wine and ice cream pairing (R110/$7.15), consisting of three wines paired with ice lotions from Nina’s Ice Cream. 

Award profitable wines to style – Bloemendal Waterlily Sauvignon Blanc 2019

We loved the Nougat and wine pairing at Bloemendal.

Bloemendal Restaurant

The favored household restaurant Bon Amis perched on a hill has unbelievable panoramic views of the vineyards within the Durbanville wine valley, Desk mountain and Lions head. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bon Amis has lots of potential with a tremendous venue wood-fired pizzas and freshly made sushi. We now have not eaten right here, however the critiques range from unbelievable to very destructive, I might suggest you take a look at some current critiques earlier than making a reserving.

Things To Do at Bloemendal

Bloemendal is house to the superior Biosport mountain bike trails for all ability ranges. Biosport is a mountain biking cycle observe located on the property additionally they present bike rent and host biking occasions. The Bloemendal and Hillcrest trails are a community of numerous trails within the stunning Durbanville hills providing the rider a collection of trails, nice leap runs, and flowing picturesque trails. Open 8am – 5pm Monday to Sunday

Bookings – Bloemendal 021 976 2682

Altydgedacht

Altydgedacht Property is among the oldest farms in South Africa, a household farm established in 1698. The historic farm has been within the Parker household for since 1852, a legacy spanning six generations. You may really feel the historical past within the 300 yr previous cellar with its white washed partitions. 

Wines at Altydgedacht

Altydgedacht make some unbelievable wines, some uncommon cultivars and types for this a part of the world. Altydgedacht made a  single selection wine from the Italian selection Barbera with berry and liquorice aromas, an incredible purple wine to not miss. They provide an incredible dry Gewurztraminer with Turkish delight and rose petal aromas. Dry Gewurztraminer is just not quite common, we liked this wine and purchased a bottle. The Previous Vine Chennin Blanc 2018 is a terroir pushed wine constituted of 46 yr previous single winery vines. A singular Chennin with a lot of apple and citrus notes and hints of oak, it was matured in french oak. 

Buying wine at Altydgedacht
Shopping for wine at Altydgedacht

On the time of writing the tasting room and restaurant is closed after Covid19 lockdown, the wine gross sales is open, they’ll open the restaurant and wine tasting quickly see their web site Altydgedacht or telephone 021 976 1295

Lodging close to the Durbanville Wine Route

When selecting lodging search for properly rated locations with many critiques. The next amenities are all properly rated, lower than 10km drive from the Durbanville Wine Route with good critiques. I’ll suggest that you simply learn some critiques earlier than reserving a spot.

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