(A quick full disclosure – I wrote this post at the end of July going into some sunny patches in August, when sunshine was somewhat rare, but considering we are at the end of September and still experiencing the tail end of winter with rain spatters, cold winds and clouds, it still seems somewhat apt… Enjoy!)
Capetonians are famous for trying to eek out every little bit of summery sunshine and this is true even in the dead of winter. One sliver of sunlight enters our bedroom windows and we pack the car for a picnic, a walk on the beach, a lunch with mates – you name it. That is exactly what happened this past Sunday when I found myself chilling next to a shady tree at Durbanville Hills wine estate.
Being the first farm on the sprawling Durbanville Hills wine route, I often found myself giving this one a miss and travelling on, which is exactly why I thought, on this particular sunny Sunday, that it would be the perfect haunt to cover my “I want that Stellenboschy, sunny farm feel without travelling what feels like 237km to get to Stellies” kind of feel.
So there I was, clad in a t-shirt and cap, sunnies on, ready for some wine and some chow. I had heard of their biltong and wine pairing and thought this may be what I’d opt for but when we got there we discovered you could walk away with crystal wine glasses if you did the ‘crystal tasting’ for R50. We’re suckers for free anything and so we sat down to it.
As it was just past lunchtime we ordered the meat and cheese platter, as one does, and I was happy to see it came with a large selection, easily enough for 2 to 3 people. We happily tucked into an assortment of snacks while our friendly waiter, Brittany, served us a selection of 8 wines from the Durbanville Hills and Rhinofields ranges.
Luckily for us Brittany was not one of those stingy pourers that makes sure you only have one sip per wine (they are out there and they grate me to no end) so we got a good portioning out, agreeing that the Merlot, usually not our top pick due to its dryness, was actually our favourite.
If you’re looking for something not too far from home (depending where you call home) then Durbanville Hills is the perfect place to pop in for a tasting and a snack – they also have a chocolate pairing so we will definitely be back…