As the back of the bottle tells you, Baronet Sir David Graaff founded this historic cape farm anno 1720. De Grendel means “the latch” in Dutch and historically, this farm was the gateway to the inland areas of Durbanville, Stellenbosch, Paarl etc.
Sir David de Villiers Graaff, 1st Baronet (30 March 1859 – 13 April 1931) was a South African magnate and politician. He was known as “The Octopus” as he had a hand in so many businesses. Apart from his political career his most notable achievements was the construction of the Table Mountain Cableway, which the family still part own today, as well as large mining and later property interests and investments. His beach house Zonnekus built on Woodbridge Island was built entirely by Italian artisans and all material shipped to South Africa during the great depression. He later bought De Grendel, a 8000 hectare stud farm where he bred prized Arab horses. Sir David Graaff, the third generation son and current baronet, has moved from politics to farming , and has been releasing multiple award winning wines since 2000.
The farm is beautifully sprawled across the Tygerberg hills facing west with unparalleled panoramic views of table mountain, the Atlantic seaboard and the developed cape flatlands. The Entrance is situated smack in the middle of suburbia and it’s amazing to immediately be transported to farm life as you are greeted by friendly African Nguni cattle and boerbokke.
The vineyards lie on elevated slopes 350m above sea level and is cooled of by a breeze from the atlantic, only 7 km away. The cellar and tasting area has been chosen for its ‘chi’ and designed using the principles of Feng Sui – decorated to blend the old with the new. This is a truly a wine experience in every sense: cellar, tasting, views, staff, and wines, where no expense have been spared in the pursuit of consistently beautiful refined wines. And with a remarkably affordable price tag. Thank goodness.
Cellar Master Charles Hopkins is a member of the Cape Winemakers Guild and has been praised for his continuous contribution to extracting the full potential from our unique South African terroir. He is assisted by the learned and delightful Elzette du Preez , a winemaker with true passion. She is also a delightful tasting mentor and cellar guide!
The tasting room has a balcony offering tables with one of the best views around to accompany the tasting of some of the best wines around. If you get carried away with the tasting and feel your head spinning with the splendor of it all, order a cheese platter (R80) or some biltong to sooth the senses and equalize the blood alcohol levels.
The range includes:
Sauvignon blanc (Platter 4 *) and special vineyard selection Koetshuis Sauvignon blanc (Platter 4.5*)
Mcc Brut (veritas Gold) , a blend of 68% Chardonnay and 32% Pinot Noir
Winifred (Platter 4*, Silver Decanter World wine awards, Sa Terroir Wine awards: Top White blend) Semillon (44%) Viognier (30%) and Chardonnay (26%) blend.
Rose (Veritas Gold) , Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon blend
Merlot (Platter 3.5*)
Shiraz (Platter 4*)
Rubaiyat, a Bordeaux style blend
We especially enjoyed Winifred and the Shiraz, and with the cape setting new goals for its quality of cap classique, the MCC is definitely one to keep on your radar.
t: +27 (0) 21 558 6280
f: +27 (0) 21 558 7083
De Grendel is only twenty minutes from the Waterfront or airport. Leave the N1 at exit 18; continue left down the Plattekloof Road for another 5 km, De Grendel is on the right.
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Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm;
Saturday 10am – 4pm;
Sunday 10am – 4pm
Recommended by Michael Oliver
OVERALL RATING: ‑ ‑‑★ ★ ★ ★
WINES: select range showing quality
SERVICE: helpful, relaxed
AMBIENCE: panoramic views, tranquil setting
Seth Rotherham (2Oceansvibe): Now, you’ll think I’m talking shit here, but I mean it when I say that the main thing about this wine is its versatility. I’m no wine “connoisseur”, but I can comfortably declare that you could easily have the confidence to serve this stuff at a state banquet, and can still order it at a beach lunch, without taking a knock on your wallet.
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