The Durbanville Wine Valley is truly one of Cape Town’s best kept secrets. A mere 20-minute drive from Cape Town, the Durbanville wine route is the perfect alternative to the longer drives to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. But perhaps the real hidden gems in this part of the Cape Winelands are the Durbanville Wine Valley restaurants situated on the picturesque wine estates in Durbanville. With the yearly Season of Sauvignon festival just a few days away, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite Durbanville wine route restaurants.
Tables At Nitida
This little café nestled on the beautiful Nitída Wine Estate is quite popular amongst Capetonians and attracts its fair share of visitors. Our first visit to Tables At Nitída came as a pleasant surprise because our breakfast was served in less than 15 minutes during the busy festive season! Needless to say, we could immediately see why it’s one of the Durbanville Wine Valley restaurants that are never short of patrons. Tables At Nitida is suited for children of all ages and is also wheelchair friendly.
Crown restaurant, situated on Meerendal Wine Estate, is one of those all-rounder Durbanville wine estate restaurants – it can easily be booked for a birthday, baby shower and anything in between. We celebrated our wedding anniversary here with an amazing lamb shank and Meerendal Shiraz. Time flew by so quickly that before we knew it, they were closing for the evening! For a small donation, you can also use the cycling and walking trails on Meerendal to work off your meal or to work up an appetite – whichever you prefer!
Bon Amis Restaurant
I consider Bon Amis at Bloemendal Wine Estate to be one of my absolute favourite restaurants in the Durbanville Hills wine route. Hidden behind a forest, it’s the perfect weekend lunch escape. Although we haven’t been to this little gem in a while, I always recommend it to those looking for an alternative to the mundane mall eateries. Their Thursday 3-for-2 pizzas and Friday half price sushi specials are extremely popular so be sure to book in advance. The restaurant is also child-friendly, so mom and dad can relax while the kids entertain themselves in the garden in full view of the restaurant.
You know what they say about not judging a book by its cover? Well the saying has never been more applicable than to Signal Gun Wine Farm. This is not your average Durbanville wine estates tree-lined entrance but once you take the turn to Ke-Monate restaurant, you’re greeted with lush green gardens and amazing views. The restaurant’s signature Brioche Spent Malt bread which is made on site from the Spent Malt of the wine farm’s brewery makes a hearty breakfast. Their pizza and wine pairing is also quite popular. A jumping castle ensures that the little ones are kept happy as well.
Unfortunately Café Ruby has closed on Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery. However, renovations are currently underway on the wine farm for a new restaurant which will open later in 2018. If the quirkiness and excellent service of Café Ruby was anything to go by I’m sure the new Durbanville wine farm restaurant will be even more of a must visit! But while you wait in anticipation for the new addition, be sure to visit Klein Roosboom for a unique wine tasting in one of their themed caves.
Visit these Durbanville Wine Valley restaurants at the Season of Sauvignon
For those who’re not familiar with this part of the Cape Winelands, the variety of restaurants on wine farms in Durbanville can pose a bit of a challenge. Luckily some of the restaurants mentioned above will be participating in the Season of Sauvignon festival this weekend which offers the perfect opportunity to get to know the Durbanvile Wine Valley restaurants better.