Cape Point Vineyards: 5 Reasons to Visit This Beautiful Noordhoek Winery

Cape Point Vineyards: 5 Reasons to Visit This Beautiful Noordhoek Winery

Picnics with vineyard and ocean views, a night market, and award-winning wines are just a few of the attractions at this winery by the sea in Noordhoek.

Near the sleepy seaside village of Noordhoek, where the mountain meets the sea, you’ll find Cape Point Vineyards, a wine estate whose spectacular views are impressive even by Cape Town standards. Its location makes it the only wine estate on the Cape Peninsula that offers 360-degree views of mountains, fynbos, vineyards and dazzling sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean.

Taking full advantage of its scenic setting, the award-winning winery offers a host of attractions that make the journey to Noordhoek – an experience in itself – well worth the drive. Here are just a few reasons to visit Cape Point Vineyards.

1. The picnics

Cape Point Vineyards Picnic

Cape Point Vineyards’ year-round picnics allow you to languish on the lawns, while enjoying superb food and wine, with killer views of the ocean stretching before you. They supply all the props: soft blankets, cosy pillows and charming wicker hampers. Add a tranquil dam, with coots paddling between the reeds, a variety of summer wines to choose from, and a view of Noordhoek beach, and you’ll soon understand why it’s celebrated as one of the best gourmet picnics in town.
The most difficult choice you’ll make all day is where to set up, with three options available: the secluded area next to the dam (no kids allowed), which is ideal for romantic picnics; the family picnic area (plenty of shade, and easy access to a jungle gym); or the mid-level picnic lawns (ideal for larger groups, with unhindered ocean views).
What’s in the basket bobotie wraps; chicken waldorf salad; seasonal vegetable quiche;
freshly baked ciabatta; selection of charcuterie and salami with olives; tomato compote; Winelands Brie with caramelised nuts; chocolate brownies with seasonal berries
Good to know

  • Picnic baskets must be booked in advance.
  • Kids may order on the day from the kiddies’ menu.
  • Your waiter will assist you with drinks and other refreshments.
  • Spaces are available to pre-select if you are a group of 12 people or more

Operating times Daily, 12pm – 4pm (all-year round)
Cost R200 (adults)
Contact 027 789 0900, info@cape-point.com
Book through DinePlan

2. The market

Cape Point Vineyard Market

Frequented by the likes of Masterchef SA judge Peter Goffe-Wood, and the estate’s resident chef, Jonathan Gargan, the Cape Point Vineyards community market is where south peninsula locals – and out-of-towners – flock every Thursday evening for an array of street food-style dishes, live music and stunning views.
The festivities take place in the restaurant and picnic area. There’s ample parking, and long stretches of open grass with a jungle gym for the little ones to blow off steam. When it’s chilly, the outdoor fire pit is the ideal place to congregate for an open-air chat, glass of vino in hand, or venture indoors and secure a spot next to the cosy fireplace.
Please note Pets are not allowed on the premises.
Opening times Thursdays, 4.30pm – 8.30pm
Cost Free entry
Contact 021 789 0900, events@cape-point.com

3. Cape Point Vineyards Restaurant

Cape Point Vineyards Restaurant

If you prize a restaurant’s setting as crucial elements in the overall dining experience, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a location that rivals Cape Point Vineyards’ restaurant. On warm days, guests usually flock to the deck overlooking the lawns where the popular Cape Point Vineyards Market takes place, but when there’s a nip in the air, the cosy indoor fireplace is the only place to be, while children run free on the estate’s expansive lawns.
That’s not to say the food isn’t worth a mention as well. Executive chef Jonathan Gargan (formerly of One&Only Cape Town) oversees a seasonally driven à la carte menu offering a range of fresh seafood and game dishes. Naturally, the food is accompanied by an extensive winelist that includes Cape Point Vineyards’ own range.
The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch (and dinner on weeknights). Sumptuous breakfast dishes include the farm fresh country-style plate (scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, roast vine tomatoes, rocket and Parmesan on char grilled ciabatta) and the American-style pancakes with organic maple syrup; while hearty lunch and dinner dishes include North African-spiced springbok; and the Long Beach seafood platter.
Opening times Daily, 8.30am – 11am, 12pm – 2.30pm;
Monday – Friday, 6pm – 8.30pm
Contact 027 789 0900, bookings@cape-point.com
Book through DinePlan

4. Wine-tasting

Cape Point Vineyards Noordhoek

Situated in the restaurant, the tasting room provides an opportunity to sample the sensual sauvignon blancs for which these vineyards are renowned. The unique location, where ocean winds cool the grapes that in turn grow amidst rich soil, produces a vintage with special flavours that are recognised around the globe.
The tasting experience allows you sample five vintages, including the estate’s flagship wine, the Isliedh (named after owner Sybrand van der Spuy’s first grandchild), which currently holds the Old Mutual Trophy for the best white blend in South Africa, and a five-star rating from Platter’s Wine Guide.
Opening times Daily, 11am – 6pm
Groups of 14 or more people must book in advance by contacting Cape Point Vineyards
Cost R70 (five tastings)
Contact 021 789 0900, bookings@cape-point.com

5. The Courtyard at Cape Point Vineyards

Cape Point Vineyards Wine Tasting

The laidback, family-friendly courtyard offers seating amidst the lush lawns, and a menu with dishes geared toward a relaxed family lunch, such as wood-fired pizzas, boerie rolls, and fresh West Coast mussels. There’s a kiddies’ menu, and a jungle gym for the little ones to entertain themselves. The ideal venue for a family outing.
Please note The Courtyard is closed during winter (March to September)
Opening times Daily, 12pm – 8pm (From 1 November 2019)
Contact 021 789 0900, bookings@cape-point.com

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The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 23 September 2019