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.
Places of Interest
Located just beyond and North of the Cape Town city centre – around a 25-minute drive – the Durbanville Wine Route is perfectly situated on the Mother City’s urban edge. Easily accessible, but still far removed from the hub of the rat race, Durbanville is the perfect place to get lost.
Perhaps known best for its outstanding white wines – you have to sample the Sauvignon Blanc on offer – the valley also produces fantastic red wines and MCC as well as offering world class cuisine. More recently it has also begun producing some impressive craft beer on a number of farms along the route.
With 13 farms on the route there are plenty of options for those looking to discover the magic of Durbanville.
Canto wines is a boutique winery situated in the rolling hills of Durbanville, where boutique wines are produced and quality takes first place over everything else. A picturesque drive-in through the vineyards; lies a special place to be discovered – Canto win.
With beautiful old dry land & low yielding vines, only the best rows of grapes are harvested to produce the unwooded Chardonnay, Merlot and MCC. The state of the art tasting room is open for tastings Monday – Sunday, and with a fresh selection of cheeses, preserves and cold meats you can help yourself to a delectable variety of nibbles to enjoy on the patio with its view over the vineyards.
Bloemendal Wine Estate is a historic gem, situated in the fertile Durbanville Valley, just 30 minutes from Cape Town. The farm was established in 1702 and is one of the largest wine farms in the region, reaching up along the Kanonberg Mountains.
A producer of world class award-winning wines, an idyllic wedding and function venue and home to the popular family restaurant, Bon Amis, there are so many reasons to visit Bloemendal Estate. Including the vast trestling of vineyards, Bloemendal Estate spans across 239 hectares. With a restaurant, tasting room, bike track, kids play area, wedding deck and lush lawns available for functions, the versatility of estate is just waiting to be discovered.
The unique location of Durbanville Hills’ cellar a mere 20 minutes from Cape Town’s city centre, offers not only a spectacular view of Table Mountain and Table Bay, but also an extraordinary terroir that stabilises temperatures and eliminates extremes of heat and cold. Although the Durbanville area is renowned for its SAUVIGNON BLANC that excels under the cool conditions where it is grown mostly on the cool south facing slopes, the range of RED WINES also benefit from the warmer valley outskirts and opposing northern slopes.