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What a view! Down the past the vineyards, over the terraced lawns, above the dam and down the valley, past the wetlands to Cape Town’s longest, whitest beach and then on to the distant horizon where the Atlantic Ocean meets the sky.
The Cape Point Vineyards restaurant and tasting room are nestled on the mountainside in an amphitheatre with a dam at its centre. It's the perfect place to brag about the Cape to visitors. If it's a windy day (this corner of Cape Town catches the South Easter in summer) sit on the sheltered wooden terrace and have dinner or enjoy a few glasses of the estate’s stunning sauvignon blanc, and watch the sun falling into the sea in a mass of flaming orange.
If it's a calm day, the picnics are perfect. There are jungle gyms and wide lawns for the kids, and the estate provides you with blankets, pillows and umbrellas. We were delighted with our wicker basket for two, filled with cold meats, cheeses, pates, bobotie wraps, innovative salads and yummy brownies.
The tasting room is outside under a giant Bedouin-style tent with the walls made from gabions filled with local granite stones. The seating is on comfortable wicker chairs, and the view is always there, taking your breath away. There is a food pairing on offer, with small plates of interesting dishes from the restaurant, paired with the wines. In winter the tastings move inside to lounge areas that are centred around giant fireplaces.
Seating for the restaurant is on the wide terrace, although it too moves inside when the weather is bad. The restaurant menu leans toward fine dining in its approach, with dishes like Slow Braised Springbok Shank and Harissa Braised Lamb Shoulder, along with oysters and a delicious sounding Long Beach Seafood Platter.
On Thursday nights the restaurant is closed and the Community Market takes over. This is great fun and hugely popular with both locals and tourists, and you can buy all sorts of different foods: oysters, Malay curries, paella, steak rolls, tapas, cheeses, cakes and more.
The Cape Point Vineyard wines are critically acclaimed. Harsh winds regularly tear in from the ocean to buffet the vineyards, yet the vines produce grapes that end up as wines of great elegance. The second, inexpensive range is called Splattered Toad, named after the endangered Western Leopard Toad, which lives in Noordhoek. At certain times of the year the toads migrate across the roads at night, and despite the best efforts of Noordhoek’s conservation minded folk, some end up under the wheels of passing cars…
Mon - Sun 10h00 - 18h00
Thur 10h00 - 15h00
Lunch 12h00 to 14h30
Dinner Mon to Sat 18h00 - 20h30
Picnics book 24 hours in advance
Summer Tues - Sun 10h00 - 16h00 excl. Thurs
Winter Mon-Sat 12h00 to 16h00
Summer Thurs 16h30 - 20h30
Winter Sunday 12h00 - 15h00
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Cape Point Vineyards, Silvermine Road, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, -34.099189, 18.382861999999932