De Grendel is Big in Japan!

The Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards, now in it's fourth year, is one of the biggest international wine competitions, hosted by women, in Japan. Receiving over 4,200 entries from 37 countries in 2017, the competition has seen tremendous growth compared to 2016's 3,543 entries.

De Grendel Wines Op Die Berg Pinot Noir Sakura Japan Womens Wine Awards

March 01, 2017 by De Grendel

De Grendel Op Die Berg Chardonnay One of the Best in the World

We’re celebrating our first award of 2017! The leading European drinks trade publication, The Drinks Business, named our Chardonnay as one of the best-performing Chardonnays under £20 in The Drinks Business Global Chardonnay Masters 2016. Winners included wines from Sicily, to Israel and Australia.

De Grendel Wines Op Die Berg Chardonnay

3 Ways to Do Valentine's Day Differently with De Grendel

Whether you're a fan of Valentine's Day or not, there's something pretty heartwarming about taking some time out once a year to reflect on the people that mean the most to you. Our choice of course is to enjoy the 14th with De Grendel wines. Here are some (different) ways to do so:

Table Mountain Cafe

February 13, 2017 by De Grendel

Introducing Winelates: Wine & Pilates Prove a Winning Combo

Join us on the De Grendel Tasting Stoep for a special wine and Pilates morning with Nic from NixPilates on the 19th of November.

De Grendel Wines Pilates


DATE: 19 November 2016

9h30 - De Grendel MCC Brut arrival drink

10h00 to 11h00 - Pilates with Nic

11h00 to 12h00 - Wine tasting & canapes


De Grendel Wine Estate

Tasting Stoep

COST: R250 per person

We only have space for 25 people, so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.

All bookings must be sent to Anzelle at or call 021 558 6280.

November 04, 2016 by De Grendel

NEW! De Grendel Amandelboord Pinotage Makes Its Debut

A perfumed, accessible and elegantly balanced wine with a bright cherry-plum red colour, is how cellarmaster Charles Hopkins describes the new De Grendel Amandelboord Pinotage, which joins our Black Label range.

The launch of the De Grendel Amandelboord Pinotage goes hand in hand with the ten year anniversary of our cellar. 3rd Baronet Sir David Graaff continued the legacy of his forbearers by opening a new era wine cellar in 2006.

Splashing into Spring with Season of Sauvignon

De Grendel signals the start of the spring season with a month full of white wine celebrations. As a part of the Durbanville Wine Valley’s seasonal festival, which matches jubilance with elegance, Season of Sauvignon is the best way to indulge in spring and celebrate the magic of wine.

De Grendel Wines Durbanville Wine Valley Season of Sauvignon

September 30, 2016 by De Grendel

De Grendel Brings Home Three Big Wins in the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards

With the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards celebrating its 20th anniversary, it was a truly proud occasion for De Grendel to win three awards. De Grendel Shiraz 2015 won Platinum, De Grendel Op Die Berg Chardonnay 2015 won Gold, and De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 2016 won Silver.

De Grendel Wines Michelangelo Awards 2016 Winners
The De Grendel Shiraz 2015, which will be released in October 2016, was awarded Michelangelo Platinum. De Grendel cellarmaster Charles Hopkins predicted the 2015 red wines would be particularly special, thanks to various factors, including challenging conditions such as the low rainfall. “The clusters and berries were smaller, which is definitely a plus for red wine colour and quality,” he says.

“Particularly dry and windy climactic conditions during flowering culminated in a 15% reduction in crop size throughout the Coastal Region. This reduction in cluster volume, coupled with cooler weather towards ripening, produced berries with a superior concentration of fruit flavours and increased colour intensity in the red varietals. Additionally, the smaller clusters facilitated a harvest that was earlier by up to 15 days. In conclusion, the vintage of 2015 has the potential to rival the finest vintages in recent years,” he continues.

“The team at De Grendel are particularly proud of the Gold awarded to De Grendel Op Die Berg Chardonnay 2015,” says Sir De Villiers Graaff. “This is a very competitive category.” The De Grendel Op Die Berg Chardonnay’s vineyards are situated on top of the Witzenberg Mountain in Ceres. Grapes are all hand-picked and brought to De Grendel in an immaculate condition due to the cool ripening temperatures resulting in a well-balanced, medium bodied Chardonnay.

The De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 2016 also won a silver medal at the awards.

All wines are judged blind according to the international 100-point system and awarded Platinum, Grand’Or, Gold and Silver medals.


September 28, 2016 by De Grendel
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De Grendel Receives 5 Awards at the Western Cape Farm Worker of the Year Competition

De Grendel's farm workers are the reason we are able to do what we do – produce award-winning wines year after year. Which is why we are supremely proud that the Western Cape Farm Worker of the Year competition, sponsored by the Department of Agriculture and Shoprite, acknowledged this with five awards this year. 

De Grendel Western Cape Farm Worker of the Year Competition

De Grendel staff took three first place positions in this year's awards, out of five different categories, making us the best performing farm! The competition begins at a regional level (with De Grendel entering the categories for Durbanville), with the first place winners progressing to the provincial finals. 

An extra special mention for Joseph Phiri who was the overall winner of all the categories combined.

The winners from De Grendel are as follows:

Category Position Winner
General Worker 1 Avrill September
Technical Operator 1 Norman Katelo (Cellar worker)
Foreman 1 Joseph Phiri (Overall winner)
2 Katrina September
Best Performing Farm 1 De Grendel

5 Things You Didn't Know about Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is juicy, delicious and is great with cheese, but what other secrets does this favourite red wine harbour? 

#1 Ceres is the perfect place to grow it 

The "Op Die Berg" (on top of the mountain) in the name of De Grendel's Op Die Berg Pinot Noir refers to the continental growing conditions in the unique Witzenberg in Ceres,  950m above sea level, where we source our grapes for this wine from. Sculpted by the cool growing conditions, the slow ripening fruit produces wines of consistently distinctive character and expressive style. This results in a Pinot Noir that has a light, bright red ruby hue and the nose is filled with luscious red cherry, blackberry and pine needle notes that carry through on the palate, balanced with a well-structured freshness.

#2 The French Call It Red Burgundy

We know they're pretty precious about their wine regions, and what they call their grapes, but truly this must have been designed to confuse us all! Indeed Pinot Noir was born in the Burgundy region of France, but unless they're grown in this region they have to be referred to as Pinot Noir. The name means 'pine black' because of the pine shape a bunch makes on the vine and the dark colour of the berries. 

De Grendel Wines Pinot Noir

#3 It's Cousins with Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a natural crossing of Pinot Noir and Gouais Blanc (a near extinct variety). Like its famous relative, its used to make Champagne. Grapes used for Champagne must usually be the white Chardonnay, but the dark-skinned Pinot Noir is given a gentle pressing without skin contact during fermentation, which yields a white base wine.

#4 It Made South Africa Famous

True story. This is because it gave birth to a unique South African variety, Pinotage. Pinotage is a blend of Pinot Noir and Cinsault and began its life in the lab of Professor of Viticulture at Stellenbosch University Abraham Isak Perold, who developed it in 1925, in the hope of developing a grape that was stable and easy to grow.

#5 It's The Ultimate Food-Loving Wine

A Pinot Noir is the ultimate food-loving, and versatile wine, known to be drinkable with most dishes. We love it with pasta, duck and other game birds, casseroles or, of course, stews like beef bourguignon. Also, be sure to try it at the De Grendel Restaurant paired with our pork belly!


August 04, 2016 by De Grendel

How to Shop Online at

Don't have time to visit the estate or to go to the shops to buy our wine? Happily, we've got you covered. You can shop online at in a few easy steps and have your order delivered to your door within a few working days.

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June 30, 2016 by De Grendel
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