There lies in the Mother city one of the smallest wine regions, yet perhaps one of the most magical wine regions in South Africa, the Durbanville Wine Region. It is to this evergreen wonder that Cape Town Helicopters is waiting to fly you too. The actual flight which departs at the Cape Town Helicopter base at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and takes one of the most incredibly scenic trips across Table Bay into the Durbanville Wine Region, will wait for you whilst you enjoy a superb luncheon at one of the three prescribed wine estates or else a wine land of your own choosing, before taking you back across the beautifully awe-inspiring scenery, to safely land at the V & A Waterfront again. The luncheons which are on your own account are prescribed to be enjoyed at one of the following three magnificent estates, but the choice is invariably up to you.
Durbanville Hills Wine Estate
The restaurant is exceptionally modern and open plan architecture makes way for the breathtaking scenery to captivate you whilst you enjoy your delightful luncheon over a glass of the finest Sauvignon Blanc. This incredibly divine wine estate is one of the few that practice a strict code of environmentally friendly grape growing practices which are better known as Integrated Production of Wine (IPW). They are also a proud accredited member of BWI, or the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative which aims at preventing and restricting further loss to the natural habitat that is the Cape Floral Kingdom. It is amazing to also note that the workers of the nine producer members of the winery as well as the workers from the companies own cellar have shares in the business as well as a seat on the board of directors. The initiative to improve the employees of the surrounding farms live as well as that of their families has seen Durbanville Hills Wine Estate fund projects for school tuition, a creche as well as a life skills program that is run by a full time tutor.
Meerendal Wine Estate
The history of this marvel of a wine estate dates back to 1714, where a woman, the widow of the first owner, Christina Stans planted 60, 000 vines on the green and golden slopes of Meerendal. The Meerendal wine estate has been privately owned since 2004, giving back to the community through their amazing work with the Bigfeet Elephant Foundation, Songo and the Food Cycle. They are also a big competitor as ‘Team Meerendal’ in the world’s toughest and largest Mountain Bike race, The ABSA Cape Epic. The Crown Restaurant is the trendy resident restaurant of the Meerendal wine Estate, the view is breathtaking and overlooks the beauty of the local vineyards as well as the Boland Mountains. The cuisine is fresh and fantastic, tastefully as marvelous as the view and setting. They pride themselves in having the slogan ‘Royally Replete’ which is what they describe as the feeling that you have once you have encountered the service set by The Crown Restaurant. There are a large variety of exceptional wines including the wine estates very own Meerendal collection. Unmistakably the Meerendal wines are in a complete class of their own, leading in phenomenal taste and sophistication in flavours.
De Grendel Wine Estate
Within this incredible wine estate lies rich history, heritage that is unmatched and an immense amount of inspiration. The wines produced and sold at cellar door prices are of a phenomenal calibre and are without a doubt world famous for the exceptional flavours and variety of produce. The De Grendel Team that runs the De Grendel wine estate restaurant are a trio consisting of Jonathan Davies as Restaurant Manager, Ian Bergh as Head Chef, and Garth Davids as Sous Chef. This trio work hand in hand to bring you one of the most incredible dining experiences in wine estate journeys. Their exquisite menu changes every single day and this is due to availability of ingredients which are sourced locally and kept fresh for every dish. The décor is simple yet absolutely mind blowing, providing an epic backdrop to compliment the flavourful exquisite experience that the cuisine at De Grendel Restaurant offers. Each meal is designed to compliment the wines, and each meal being contemporary Capetonian cuisine, is delivered with design and taste excellence.