The more time I spend in the Durbanville Wine Valley, the more reasons I’m finding to head back. It is less than 30 minutes out of Cape Town and offers a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, whether I want to warm up next to the fire or cool down with a crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc.
For me, this valley offers a unique experience. Where Constantia and Stellenbosch are known for their manicured estates and high-end experiences, the Durbanville Wine Valley has a laid back, casual appeal, with cosy tasting rooms, breathtaking natural scenery and family-friendly restaurants. Whether you are looking for fine dining or a place where your kids can run about, it’s easy to find a perfect fit.
The valley has already made a name as a top wine producer but there is plenty more to experience. Here are a few fun things to explore on the next visit.
Indulge your senses
The Durbanville Wine Valley offers a range of exquisite wine and dining experiences. From Cape Town the closest stop is De Grendel where you can saviour incredible views of Table Mountain from their pristine restaurant and tasting room.
On the other side of the valley you can embrace the country charm of Diemersdal. Join them daily for lunch or dinner, or book for their special Sunday Lunches where you can indulge in refined, sumptuous dishes and delicious wines.
For a unique tasting experience, head to Klein Roosboom. You can book one of their tasting nooks, each decorated in a creative way, to escape on a rainy day. Indulge in their platters of cheese, charcuterie and freshly baked farm bread with your choice of wines.
If you are looking for something simpler, try the country-chic Phizante Kraal. Their Saturday brunch is particularly special, with a seasonal menu served in their old farm stable restaurant.
Bring the family
Family is important in the valley and most farms offer space for the little ones to play while parents relax for the day.
Experience the laid back farm life at Altydgedacht where kids can run and explore while you sip some delicious wine and enjoy comforting dishes like homemade chicken pot pie at their rustic eatery.
Another popular choice is D’Aria where you can dine at Poplars restaurant or relax at their tasting room next to the water. Their wines pay tribute to winemaker Rudi von Waltsleben’s love for music, with names like The Soprano Shiraz, The Songbird Sauvignon Blanc, Lullaby Noble Late Harvest and The Piccolo potstill brandy.
Nitida has something for everyone. Stock up on wine for you spring/summer parties – their bottles will look oh-so-pretty on a lunch table. While there, you can enjoy fine dining at Cassia or kick back for a relaxed lunch at Tables where the kids can monkey about on the surrounding lawns.
Inhale the outdoors
The Durbanville Wine Valley offers a perfect escape for nature lovers. It’s worth hiking or cycling up into the vineyards to take in spectacular views of the valley. Mountain Biking enthusiasts can explore Meerendal or D’Aria, or tackle Bloemendal and Hillcrest.
Aside from yummy wines, delicious olive products and lip-smacking beers, Hillcrest offers incredible views of Table Mountain from the top of their vineyards. Rest your legs and let your eyes take in sweeping vistas of the valley, Cape Town and the coastline.
Much more than a wine valley
While wine is their main passion, the valley has so much to experience. Durbanville Hills offers a range of delicious wines, and stunning views from their restaurant, but you can also browse a collection of art placed throughout the venue. Take your place by the fire in their tasting room to enjoy carefully curated food and wine pairings, or claim a spot under the trees where the kids can play on a sunny afternoon.
Signal Gun boasts with award winning craft beers. Pop in for a draught and pizza, and enjoy the striking natural scenery and wildlife on this historic family farm. You might even see them firing the signal cannon while you’re there.
And finally, you can really make a day of it at Meerendal. Start with a Saturday morning Park Run (one of my favourites). Then follow with lunch at one of the restaurants, a taste of their craft gin, and a browse of the art collection. They also host a market and offer night drives, not to mention the popular MTB trails.
Do you have any cool experiences in the Durbanville Wine Valley that you can add? Pop them in the comments below, I would love to hear from you.
This post was sponsored by the Durbanville Wine Valley