Located about 20 minutes from Cape Town City Center, this beautiful wine cellar overlooks the hills where the wine used for tasting is cultivated. The spectacular view has nothing on the ambience and tranquility that comes with this restaurant.
To begin, you need to choose which tasting you would like to do. However, if you prefer to eat at the restaurant only then you may do so.
I have to point out that I was extremely impressed with the different types of wine tasting they offered. The following tastings are available at the Durbanville Hills:
Crystal Tasting – A selection of 8 wines and a souvenir crystal glass to take home. R60 for 1 hour.
Cheese and Wine Pairing – A selection of 5 wines paired with 5 cheeses. R95 for 45 minutes.
Chocolate and Wine Pairing – A selection of 5 wines paired with 5 artisan chocolates. R80 for 45 minutes.
Biltong and Wine Pairing – A selection of 5 wines paired with 5 types of biltong. R95 for 45 minutes.
Cellar Tour – A tour of the cellar which includes the Crystal Tasting. R80
There is a menu where you can order food from the restaurant as well. To be completely honest there isn’t really a lot of food on the menu since the establishment is based on wine tasting. My friends and I did the Crystal Tasting and then ordered a smoked bacon and chicken sandwich. The chicken on the sandwich was extremely salty and I took almost all of it off my sandwich and ate the bacon trimmings on the toasted sandwich. I personally feel that R65 for a sandwich (with only one slice of bread) is a lot to ask for. I wish I had ordered something else instead. Another point I have to note is that it was slightly windy on the day we went wine tasting and my chips on my plate (literal crisps, Lays, not fries) flew off my plate as the waiter brought it to the table. His response was “chips!” to which I laughed but he did not replace my chips, which I paid for. I didn’t say anything because the waiter was hardly at our table and not very attentive. Even guests who arrived after us were given first priority.
With regards to the wine tasting, they were very informative and explained the process each wine goes through. They also tell you about the taste of the wine and the difference between each of them. It was nice to be enlightened about the different wines and everything that comes with it.
To be honest, I wasn’t always a wine drinker. I would thoroughly recommend this for the experience. I loved learning about the history of the wines and how they were cultivated. Although I didn’t have the best experience with the food, I’d love to go back and try something else!