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De Grendel's World Cup Pairing 2015 - South Africa VS Scotland

Round 4 - Saturday 3rd October 2015

With a must win game for South Africa this Saturday against Scotland we can feel that we are on the edge of celebrating a passage into the quarter finals. We feel it is time to break out the bubbly to celebrate the classic Scottish smoked salmon. For the De Grendel food and wine pairing we definitely feel it is time for De Grendel’s MCC to pair with this luxurious delicacy from the lochs of Scotland.

The luxurious mouth feel of the MCC will enhance the smooth texture of the salmon while the bubbles will refresh the palate. The beauty of smoked salmon is the versatility of the product. Try to smoke your own salmon at home this Saturday to impress all of your friends at game time.

Go to www.bbcgoodfood.com to get 10 delicious recipes to try with salmon and join us in celebrating Jean de Villiers' career with a glass of MCC!

October 02, 2015

Micklefield School Mountain Bike Fundraiser in association with De Grendel Wines

De Grendel is hosting the Micklefield School Mountain Bike Fundraiser! There will be various races that you and your family can enter for!


 30 KM - 10 years and over  09:00

R 200 per person(including goody bag)

5 KM - Junior Fun Race 10:30 R 50 per person
15 KM - Race 11:30 R 100 per person

300m Scooter race - 5 years and under

11:15 FREE


11:00 R 100 per person



  1. Bring your own and picnic at De Grendel
  2. Pre order a De Grendel Picnic Basket (Limited)  (Adults: R200 pp, Children: R60 pp)
  3. Pre book at the De Grendel Restaurant for lunch. Contact: renate@degrendel.co.za
  4. Charcuterie boards available at the De Grendel Tasting Room - R110 per board. (No booking required.)

Truth Coffee, Cooldrinks and Pancakes will be on cash sale. Don't forget to bring your picnic blanket!

*All entries will only be allowed with a valid entry confirmation number. A family pack will be issues upon registration.

**Micklefield Family entry fees will be charges to their school account. For Non-Micklefield families ONLY, EFT payments as below. No refunds.

Micklefield Fundraising Account:


Branch Code: 632005

Account number: 01053010772

Ref: MTB Surname

Please email proof of payment to: avril@micklefield.co.za 

September 30, 2015

De Grendel Restaurant Nominated For the Annual Klink Awards

Vote De Grendel Restaurant in the KLINK Awards

De Grendel is thrilled to announce that our award-winning De Grendel Restaurant has been nominated for the fourth annual KLINK Wine Tourism Awards. Unlike other wine awards, the judges are the customers themselves who were called to vote on the website or through its Facebook or Twitter feeds. Hundreds of nominations were vetted by the voting team and whittled down to a list of only 85 nominees in 17 categories.

De Grendel Restaurant has been nominated by its loyal customers and visitors for the award ‘Best Gourmet Restaurant at the Cellar Door’. This award goes to the best of the best cellar-door restaurants in the Cape Winelands - those gastronomic destinations with signature chefs who create cuisine on the cutting edge to attract domestic and foreign wine tourists. The judges were looking for restaurants which pay great attention to detail in terms of an overall cellar-door experience, have a great location, first class service, a focus on artisanal and local Winelands produce, seasonal menus, tasting menus which expertly pair food and wine, a sommelier service and a wine list which showcases older vintages, own wines and/or regional wines at the cellar door.


How To Vote For De Grendel Restaurant:

Voting for the Klink Awards opened on 11 September and will continue until 13 November. Visit http://winetourismsouthafrica.co.za/klinkawards to cast your vote.

Remember to post pictures or videos of your visits to De Grendel Restaurant on the KLINK Awards Facebook page or to Twitter or Instagram with #KlinkAwards and #BeenHereLovedIt to enter weekly giveaway draws.



Haven't been to De Grendel Restaurant yet? Find out what all the fuss is about. To make a reservation, call +27 21 558 7035 or email restaurant@degrendel.co.za.

Restaurant Hours:

Tuesday to Saturday: Lunch: 12h00 – 14h30; Dinner: 19h00 – 21h30

Sunday: Lunch: 12h00 – 14h30

Closed on Mondays

September 28, 2015

De Grendel Restaurant honoured for 2015 American Express® Platinum Fine Dining Awards

De Grendel Restaurant third American Express® Platinum Fine Dining AwardWe are extremely proud of De Grendel Restaurant’s third American Express® Platinum Fine Dining Award. The Awards pay tribute annually to the country’s restaurants that consistently achieve excellence, creativity and provide a quality culinary experience. De Grendel Restaurant was one of 89 restaurants that received accolades, 16 of which are located in the Cape Winelands. 

‘The 2015 list of restaurants has stabilised considerably after the restaurant industry saw a lot of movement within the top echelon of restaurants in South Africa. This has persuaded us to revisit our judging criterion, which has been in place since inception. As such we worked carefully as a team to ensure the best quality restaurants are selected,’ says Tamsin Snyman, author, publisher, Academy Chair for the region African & the Indian Ocean Islands for The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards and head of the American Express® Platinum Fine Dining judging panel.

With its view on Table Mountain – the Cape’s most iconic table – De Grendel Restaurant blends the history of the Graaff family and produce from Lady Sally’s kitchen garden with laid-back elegance and contemporary flair. The elegant dining room, flanked by a casual conservatory, sets the scene for Chef Ian Bergh’s beautiful, uncomplicated food. De Grendel’s award-winning wines at cellar door prices compliment the menu, making a seriously good eating and dining experience kind to the pocket.

Join us at our restaurant to experience for yourself. Book a table early to avoid disappointment. CLICK HERE to book online or email restaurant@degrendel.co.za or call 021 558 7035.

September 23, 2015

De Grendel's World Cup Pairing 2015 - South Africa VS Samoa

Round 2 - Saturday 26th September

De Grendel Rugby World Cup Pairing RWC2015

As the rising sun is now setting after the last game we can now focus all our energy on getting #behindtheboks for their must win clash against Western Samoa. Continuing in the spirit of De Grendel’s inaugural pairing world cup we are focusing on a recipe for you to try at home from Western Samoa paired with two of our truly South African wines.

Sapa Sui

For this classic Samoan chop suey style dish the perfect South African pairing  would be our Chardonnay 2014 or our Pinot Noir 2012 both wines are extremely good pairings with food with soy sauce in them. Soy sauce is always a problem child when it comes to food and wine pairing. On its own, too much salt increases the perception of tannins in a wine. The umami in soy sauce intensifies that tannic effect. Any bitter notes or off flavours in wine - especially red wine - also come to the front, while the wine's fruitiness is muted. But soy sauce is not eaten as a stand-alone ingredient. It's used in a multitude of ways, including seasoning sushi; stir-fry’s, marinades and dipping sauces, so pair the wine with the overall flavours of the dish.

De Grendel Samoan Sapa Sui Recipe by Voice of Samoan People

Click here for the recipe

The Chardonnay due to the beautiful citrus flavours of grapefruit and marmalade with soft vanilla undertones will support the depth and saltiness of this classic dish while the oak will be lifted to give the wine a lovely toasty finish.

The Pinot Noir due to softer tannins present in this wine and the lovely ripe and fresh red and black berries in abundance with the soft velvety finish will help to soften the soy in this dish and lift up the fresher flavours present in the dish.

September 23, 2015

De Grendel's World Cup Pairing 2015

With the kick off only hours away the excitement is palpable. We are doing our very own World cup here at De Grendel to support the Boks during their campaign. We will be highlighting restaurants and recipes from the Boks opposition throughout the tournament and pairing them with one of De Grendel’s award winning South African wines.

Saturday 19th September 2015

South Africa vs Japan

Why not relax and soak up all the excitement at home and let someone else do the food for a change. Who really wants to have to light a fire and braai, celebrate South Africa’s first ever game against Japan by organizing a sushi platter from SushiBox De Grendel’s favourite sushi restaurants and pair it with De Grendel’s Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2015 the perfect combination for match day happiness.

Koetshuis 2015 is the perfect pairing for sushi as the green elements like kiwi and green asparagus interplay beautifully with gooseberries and lemongrass that introduces a beautiful clean and flinty palate. When eating sushi you are looking for a wine that has enough acidity to enhance the beautiful subtle flavours of the fish. While bold enough to refresh the palate in between each bite so you get to experience the whole array of flavour combinations that we know and love sushi to have.

You can order our Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc at www.degrendel.co.za  

SushiBox has just opened on Kloof Street (021 422 1894) in Town and is also located in Newlands (021 674 0820). Call them and organise a few party platters for match day. Follow them @SushiBoxSA on Twitter and on Facebook SushiBoxSA.

September 18, 2015

The Life Cycle of the 2016 De Grendel Vintage? The early days: Bud Break

Right on cue with the arrival of spring, our vines are budding and we are celebrating the beginning of a new vintage.

As the green grass bursts into life with the vibrant colours of the wild flowers all along the west coast
, our vineyards are starting to change from a dormant brown to a vibrant green.

During September we will see the buds sprout shoots, which in turn will sprout leaves, and prepare the vines for the process of photosynthesis - the plants' most important energy source to accelerate growth. 

By the end of September, the shoots will grow rapidly at an average of 3cm a day.

September 07, 2015

What to drink in September

De Grendel Rubaiyat 2013

September is always such an exciting time of year in the vineyard. With spring knocking on our door, the vines are starting to bud celebrating the start of a new vintage here at De Grendel. At home we are also starting to celebrate the arrival of summer and lighting the first braais of the season as the embers of our household fires are dying.

The perfect wine to be drinking at this time of year is definitely our De Grendel Rubaiyat 2013, which is our classic Bordeaux style blend and a true celebration of wine. The Rubaiyat 2013 is a blend of 62% Petit Verdot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and 4% Malbec, which is matured in new French oak barrels for 18 months.

With the celebration of spring we see all along the west coast of the Western Cape starting on the farm here at De Grendel the normally green carpet suddenly erupts with pockets of beautiful vibrant colours from the world famous flowers. The different pockets of colours are akin to exploding fireworks in a night’s sky. The image of this is the experience your taste buds will have when drinking De Grendel Rubaiyat 2013. Due to the blend, the different characteristics of each varietal come together and create an explosion of very distinct flavours of graphite, cassis, cedar and liquorice, with a touch of wood smoke.

Our kitchens and meals at home are slowly beginning to change as well. We are storing our slow cookers back into the kitchen cupboards and beginning to cook dishes with less complexity. So out with the stews and curries, and now in comes more classical style food like roast chicken, lamb chops done on a braai, steaks - especially chateaubriand - and for the more adventurous in the kitchen, Beef Wellington (click here for a great recipe to try at home).

De Grendel Rubaiyat 2013 is the perfect wine to be drinking with these dishes as it loves and deserves to be the hero of any dining room table.

Stock up on it here.

September 02, 2015

Beef Wellington Recipe

During September we are drinking De Grendel Rubaiyat 2013 - read why here - and suggest pairing it with this delicious Beef Wellington recipe at home.


  • 100g chicken liver pate
  • 700g beef fillet
  • 1 400g large sheet of puff pastry
  • 1 100g sheet of puff pastry, to decorate
  • 1 egg beaten
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 200g mixed mushrooms
  • 50g butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 3 tablespoons freshly chopped sage
  • 3 tablespoons freshly chopped thyme
  • 200g plain flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 300ml milk
  • 25g butterfor frying



Preheat the oven to 190°C, Gas Mark 5.

To make the mushroom duxelle mix, put them in a food processor or a blender and pulse to a rough dice. Heat the butter in a frying pan and fry the onion and garlic until softened but not coloured. Add the chopped mushrooms and cook, again without colouring, for 5 minutes. Season, then add the thyme and sage. Leave to cool. 

For the pancakes, mix the flour, eggs and milk in a jug. Heat the butter in a small frying pan and pour two-thirds of it into a small bowl to keep aside for brushing the pan between pancakes.

Pour a small amount of the batter into the frying pan and swirl it around to cover the base of the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes and then flip and cook for another minute.

Remove the pancake from the pan to a plate and continue to cook 5 more pancakes. Layer the pancakes with greaseproof paper in between and leave to cool.

Season and seal the beef fillet and set aside.

Mix the cooled mushroom duxelle with the pate in a mixing bowl. Brush the large sheet of pastry with the egg wash. Layer the pancakes over the top of the pastry so that it is covered and then use a palate knife to spread the mushroom mixture on top.

Place the beef on top of the mushroom mixture and roll up the pastry, making sure that the beef is completely surrounded by the mushroom mix and the pancakes and well-sealed. Leave to chill.

Next take the extra puff pastry and cut out leaf shapes, using the egg wash to stick them to the beef Wellington.

Place the Wellington on a baking tray and brush the top with the beaten egg. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes, or until your liking. 

Recipe courtesy of Matt Tebbet, Food Network. Image source: Flickr.

Serve with De Grendel Rubaiyat 2013.

September 02, 2015

Habits at #MBFWCT

Habits in Association with De Grendel at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

We at De Grendel are proud and honored to be associated with Habits Fashion, especially around such an exciting and prestigious event as the annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town.

Wine, food and fashion are very closely linked in more ways than one. Within the food trends of 2015 we can see Asian flavors becoming more predominant in dishes. Similarly this was reflected at the start of the Habits show at the #MBFWCT with some uniquely Asian-inspired garments.

Habits Fashion window display MBFWCT range

The next part of the show Habits showed us some cutting edge designs, although simplistic and fresh by using clean colors. The free flowing forms of the garments showed us that you don't need to over complicate design to still be cutting edge.

Habits Fashion MBFWCT range

This range has inspired us at De Grendel Restaurant to look at and simplify some of our dishes and focus a lot more on one or two ingredients, and by doing so creating more innovative ways to enhance them.

For more details and pictures from the event, visit the Habits website and Facebook page.

Jenny Le Roux of Habits, Lindiwe Mazibuko & Lady Sally Graaff Ladies of the Graaff family

August 14, 2015