This is no ordinary marathon! Run through some of Durbanville Wine Valley’s most beautiful farms the marathon boasts more than 15 water – and wine – points throughout the route. Sample some of the valley’s best wines (or if you’re more serious about the running part, save that for when you finish) and enjoy the spectacular scenery on the route. There is also a half marathon and fun run, meaning the whole family can take part! But be sure to add an extra day with this awesome itinerary so you don’t miss out on what this wonderful area has to offer.
Saturday, 12 October
Experience: Wine Tasting and Cellar Tour at Meerendal Wine Estate
Come along and taste the highly acclaimed award winning wines from Meerendal Wine Estate. The tasting room is situated right next to Carlucci’s Restaurant. Meerendal’s wine advisors will happily take you through a tasting of their best wines! If you would like to see the Estate behind the scenes then you can book a Meerendal Cellar Tour. Enjoy a guided tour through Meerendal’s vineyards and wine cellar and have a private wine tasting in their beautiful Tasting Room.
Experience: Willowbridge Slow Market
The Slow Food Market is about slow food, slow wine, slow design and local craft. A revival of the public marketplace where you can buy food which is grown, raised, harvested and transformed by local producers. An urban market with small local producers selling artisan foods, street foods and local design. Enjoy locally produced foods, handmade gifts and local design every Saturday from 9 - 3 pm and Sunday from 9-2 pm, rain or shine.
Eat: Picnic at Canto Wines
Canto’s picnics are a highlight to your Saturday! A minimum purchase from the deli for only R150 will secure you a picnic spot on the lawn. The deli offers a variety of cheeses, cold meats, condiments and more! For the sweet tooth, gourmet marshmallows and our macarons can also be purchased separately for the picnic. Bring your children and make use of the oversized lawn where they can run wild; or even enjoy a game of cricket on the pitch overlooking the beautiful Winelands mountains. What better way to spend your Saturday than with good company and excellent Canto Wines?
Sunday, 13 October
Experience: Durbanville Hills Table Mountain Wine Safari
Table Mountain abounds with ancient history and is rich in folklore from the earliest inhabitants who once roamed the wilds of the Cape. It is also the setting for a unique wine tasting experience and mountain safari presented by Durbanville Hills. Travel along scenic tracks hitherto closed to the public, where every corner reveals views that showcase the natural splendour that is Cape Town.
At the highest point of the mountain safari, Table Bay, False Bay, the Durbanville Hills and the dramatic Hottentots Holland mountain range are all clearly visible from this vantage point. This is our wine tasting destination in the company of historic cannons which hundreds of years ago were used as an early warning to signal ships approaching the Cape of Good Hope. It is here that guests relax and enjoy never-ending views accompanied by a selection of superlative Durbanville Hills wine and tasty nibbles.
Experience: Game Drive at Signal Gun Wines
In the game camp, you’ll find Eland, black “Wildebeest”, Springbuck, Zebra, grey “Ribbok”, Bontebok as well as dassies and tortoises and bird life, including hawks and fish eagles. On a clear day, you’ll have a 360 degree view from the top of Hoogeberg Hill, with views of Stellenbosch, Simon’s Town, Table Mountain, Robben Island and even Dassen Island in the distance, as well as the Indian and Atlantic oceans. You will also be able to make out the “Taal Monument” in Paarl, Paarl Rock and in the distance, Riebeeck Kasteel and Riebeeck Wes.
Eat: Tables Restaurant at Nitida Wine Farm
Tables at Nitida was opened in November 2010 as a Café for the wine connoisseur looking for a wine pairing. The restaurant has since matured into a Family Bistro that has become their visitors’ favourite breakfast and lunch spot. Join Tables as they set the scene for you. The restaurant offers a cafe-quality ambience with a beautiful mountain backdrop of Durbanville, whilst nibbling on your favourite toasted, marinated, roasted or wrapped ingredients followed by friendly service.
Recommended accommodation in Durbanville
Winelands Lodge Durbanville GuesthouseWebsite: www.winelandslodge.co.za
Dilisca GuesthouseWebsite: www.dilisca.co.za
Heritage Square ApartmentsWebsite: www.heritagesquare.co.za
Evertsdal GuesthouseWebsite: https://evertsdal.com
Guesthomes Durbanville Self-catering GuesthousesWebsite: https://guesthomes.biz
African Palm Cottage and GuesthouseWebsite: www.africanpalmcottage.com