Vistas of majestic mountains, ocean, flora and fauna, and sweeping manicured lawns create a charming countryside feel… but the cherry on top is the superb food and wine pairings! Having recently undergone a refurbishment, the great news is that Cape Point Vineyards is set to re-open just in time for spring! Nestled on the slopes of Chapman’s Peak, one is immediately struck by the beauty and rich heritage of the area. The peninsula was originally discovered in the 15th Century however, it was only in the 18th Century that vines were introduced. Fast-forward to 1996, the area was re-planted to create award-winning wines and experiences at Cape Point Vineyards.
Did you know?
The establishment of the vineyard and the estate’s cellar led to the declaration of the Cape Point Wine of Origin district in 1998.
Top 5 reasons Cape Point Vineyards epitomises a perfect spring outing
1. World-class wines
Today, local and international guests flock to this rather unique family-owned vineyard that boasts world-class Sauvignon Blanc wines. Cape Point Vineyards’ wine embodies the essence of spring – revitalising, fresh, fruity, floral, and earthy.
Cool sea breezes along with ancient mountain soils make for a unique terroir with a late growing season that results in a world-class Sauvignon Blanc with minerals tones and great complexity. Another key ingredient to the success of these wines is the traditional methods used in its cellar, but also experimenting and having a real understanding of the land.
Cape Point Vineyards Wines include:
- Sauvignon Blanc 2022: Containing a dash of Semillon, this wine highlights fruit forward aromas such as ripe nectarine, passion fruit, gooseberries and fig.
- Noordhoek Sauvignon Blanc 2022: Highlighting the natural surrounds, ocean notes combine with elements of white grapefruit and a hint of the floral fynbos.
- Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2020: Elegantly representing the unique terroir, hints of floral spice, cardamom, and white pepper come through while generously showcasing citrus notes.
- Isliedh 2020: A 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Sémillon blend. Fruit and floral notes are highlighted with hints of floral oak spice combined with fresh thyme.
The Isliedh Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon deserves special mention as it is considered a firm favourite amongst many wine connoisseurs and is named after the estate owner’s first granddaughter. The Sémillon is fermented in clay amphorae and the Sauvignon Blanc sits on the lees for 10 months in steel tanks. This typifies the blend of traditional and experimental winemaking that gives Cape Point Vineyards its deserved reputation for award-winning Sauvignon Blancs.
2. Fabulous food
Cape Point Vineyards’ restaurant offers outdoor seating, and sea and vineyard views depending on your mood. A world-class a la carte menu by Executive Chef, Chad Blows offers diners a variety of options.
The newly renovated Tasting Room, which overlooks lush picnic lawns and the Atlantic Ocean, also offers sushi as a perfect pairing to the estate’s range of coastal Sauvignon Blanc-driven wines.
The Courtyard is a great spot for relaxed family-friendly lunches. While adults indulge in the Sauvignon Blanc while soaking up the sun, there is a jungle gym to keep the kids entertained.
4. The best vineyard picnic experience
Cape Point Vineyards is known to offer one of the best vineyard picnic experiences in and around Cape Town. The picnic setup includes picnic blankets and prism-shaped pillows guests can use; a perfect prop against which to recline and soak in the sea, mountain, and vineyard views. While there are umbrellas, it’s a good idea to pack in a sun hat.
Additionally, some great news is that Cape Point Vineyards is set to bring back the weekly market (sometime in October 2023 – check the website for the exact re-launch date), which offers a sensory delight and some great retail therapy!
5. Lush natural beauty
When visiting Cape Point Vineyards, one cannot help but marvel at the rugged and lush natural beauty of the surroundings. The landscape feels almost magical and evokes serenity while simultaneously bringing to the fore an excitement of an awesome holistic wine and dine experience.
In conclusion a visit to Cape Point Vineyards is a perfect spring outing!
Cape Point Vineyards, Silvermine Road, Noordhoek
T +27 21 789 0900