De Grendel Walks Away Proudly at Rosé Rocks 2018

The winners of the Rosé Rocks! 2018 have recently been announced, with De Grendel Rosé proudly winning a Double Gold award.

Rosé Rocks! is South Africa’s first dedicated rosé wine competition which seeks to recognise excellence in rosé winemaking and promote the SA Rosé category. Rosé is one of the fastest growing categories of wine in South Africa and internationally. In South Africa alone, sales have grown annually in double digits in the last few years.

De Grendel Wines Rose Rocks

September 03, 2018 by De Grendel

De Grendel Triumphs at the China Wine & Spirits Awards 2018

De Grendel walked away with an incredible three awards at the CWSA 2018. Both the De Grendel Amandelboord Pinotage 2016 and the De Grendel Shiraz 2016 won Gold, and the De Grendel Rubaiyat 2015 won Double Gold, and was additionally named the South African Wine of the Year, a coveted trophy award.

De Grendel Rubaiyat

August 31, 2018 by De Grendel

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
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