A rendezvous with Diemersdal Winery’s Sauvignon Blanc
Low white washed walls, a big werf, a gabled homestead, barn-like buildings and tall palm trees combine to give Diemersdal a real farm feeling. The estate dates back to 1698, and it has been in the same family for six generations.
Diemersdal is a must for sauvignon lovers. Thys Louw, the winemaker and sixth generation son, has specialized in this variety, and here you can taste 5 different versions from the farm’s vineyards, all excellent, as well as the Sir Lambert sauvignon blanc made by Thys from grapes grown right next to the sea up on the West Coast. There was lots of excitement in wine circles when the first ever South African Gruner Veltliner (a famous Austrian white wine variety) was released by Thys in 2014.
The tasting room is attractive in a conventional style, with high ceilings and terracotta tiled floors, a counter as well as a big tasting table. There are red wines to enjoy alongside the whites, and the best place to taste is outside on the lawns or on the terrace where you can admire the view and order cheese platters or tapas from the restaurant.
The restaurant is situated in the old stables, and you can’t help but be charmed by the gentle old world feel. The cement troughs that held the food and water for the horses are still there, as are the old rings to which the horses were tethered. We just loved the old wooden tables and the Persian type carpets on the floor. The menu is focused on fresh and local and the breads are home baked. We enjoyed the different flavours of the tapas (not very Spanish but very tasty, especially the roasted baby garden vegetables and the succulent mussels.) The pan roasted trout was served with roasted celeriac, asparagus, lemon and garden peas while the roasted pork belly was served with parsnip, beetroot, crackling, sweet potato and pickled blueberries. And as for the dessert….chocolate, honeycomb, macaroons and more calories than I could count. Yum.
Traditional roasts are served on Sunday lunches and you need to book well in advance. The lady in the tasting room told us that on Friday evenings in summer the lawns are full of folk enjoying the sunset and the tapas. I can believe it.
M58 (Koeberg Road), Durbanville
+27 21 976 3361
Restaurant + 27 21 976 1810
Mon – Fri 09h00-17h00
Closed on Christian holidays
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