Following a warm welcome at Lanzerac Hotel and an exquisite dinner at Delaire Graff’s Indochine on arrival day, we set off into the Durbanville Wine Valley for our first full day of Winter Winelands exploration.
Our first stop was delightful Nitida, where we enjoyed a mid-morning wine tasting and some delicious tapas. The crew got to spend time with winemaker, Danie Keulder, and learn all about the region’s unique terroir and why it produces such beautiful Sauvignon Blanc.
From Nitida, it was off to a next batch of feasting at Diemersdal (tough life, we know). Sitting down for lunch at Diemersdal Eatery was a treat of note! Blending his classical French training with the flavours of Provencal France, Spain and a sprinkling of Asia, Chef Martin De Kock has carved a niche for himself in the winelands food offering. All meals are made with locally-grown and regionally-sourced produce. The herbs and some of the vegetables are from the kitchen garden, the preserves and pickles home-made and the bread freshly baked.
Our last stop of the day was De Grendel with its magnificent panoramic view of Table Mountain and -Bay. We started off with a scenic drive through the vineyards and then enjoyed a beautiful bubbly-fuelled sunset from De Grendel’s best-kept secret, the Kliphuis right on top of Tygerberg.
With happy hearts and new amazement for the incredible work being done in the Durbanville Wine Valley, we hopped on board the Adventure Shop minibus again and headed back to Lanzerac for a good night’s rest.
Images by Enock Predestine