Cape Point Vineyards Restaurant
Reasonably priced, contemporary Italian menu in a spectacular setting
Location, location, location…well, how about slapping a restaurant on a wine estate, which clings to the botanical charm of Silvermine, and faces a 180° view of the wildest stretch of icy-blue, Atlantic beach front. Cape Point Vineyards should be top of any suggestion list, when thinking of where to go when visiting the Cape.
Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities to visit, as voted by many prestigious travel publications and directories. If this is true, then Cape Point Vineyards must be one of the most beautiful settings for a wine estate and restaurant. The view from the restaurant stretches from Noordhoek to Kommetjie, in a long, hazy, white and blue horizon. When looking out at the breathtaking view, it feels so surreal; you could easily believe it’s a trick – a Photoshopped poster perhaps, which will suddenly start to tear or to blow over in a strong coastal wind.
Winemaker, Duncan Savage chirps, “We’d have to really work hard to mess up a restaurant here!” There is no truer statement. Cape Point Vineyards honours this unique site with all they do – from the award-winning wines, which reflect the earth and the wild elements they originate from, to the more recently launched restaurant. Indigenous plants and gardens surround the restaurant and vineyards on this precious, steep piece of land. The restaurant and deck face a view that could only be described as one of the fairest, in the fairest of Capes. If the wind and weather permit, the outside deck is definitely where you should choose to sit, to have lunch and to take in the view.
The restaurant is headed up by well-known, ex-Constantia Uitsig executive chef, Clayton Bell. He has created a reasonably priced, contemporary Italian menu, including something delicious for most palates – rich and flavourful sauces accompany well-constructed and generous dishes. He believes that dishes should not be over-complicated and that the natural flavours, that come from top quality produce, should shine.
Cape Point Vineyard’s wines complete the circle for this heavenly experience. The globally awarded Sauvignon Blanc Reserve is the stroke of paint to turn any line-fish into a masterpiece. The flagship wine, Isliedah, is named after owner Sybrand van der Spuy’s granddaughter, and comes from one of ugliest and harshest looking blocks on the estate, according to Duncan. This block produces an exquisite wine, full of stone fruit, floral elements, limes, grapefruit and spicy oak.
With the addition of the restaurant, Cape Point Vineyards now offers a dining experience for any mood – whether you want to laze on the sun-soaked grassy lawns and order a specially packed picnic, or to be sheltered from the elements and enjoy a slightly more sophisticated dining experience in the restaurant. If you feel like wandering barefoot amongst happy crowds, then visit one of the Thursday night markets, and of course, don’t forget, Friday nights are burger nights…
All of these options are made better with a toss of Cape Point Vineyards wines.