The Durbanville Hills Winery is situated in the Durbanville Wine Valley and is surrounded by the Tygerberg Hills. It was started in the late 1990s as a joint venture between seven grape farmers, and Distell, and has since grown to include another two member farms.
The Durbanville Hills Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch on Tuesday to Sunday, and dinner, on Wednesday to Saturday. We tried out their new winter menu for lunch.
For starters, we had the Prawn Ravioli (R70) with pea puree and smoked salmon (see below), and, the Lamb Shoulder Terrine (R75) with a spiced orange sauce and Melba toast (see below).
For the main course, we picked three options. We had Pork Neck (R160), stuffed with onion marmalade, and Sage & Healey's cheddar, and served with butterbean puree and braised leeks (see below). We also tried the Grilled Beef Rib Eye (R170), (now changed on their menu to state Grilled Beef Fillet) served with potato fondant medallions, seasonal baby vegetables and a burnt onion gremolata (see below).
I tried the Seafood Risotto (R160) with salsa verde, which was very tasty (see below).
For the wine - it goes without saying - we had the Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc (R79), which has tasting notes of papaya, grapefruit, lime, winter melon and green fig. We also splashed out and tried the Rhinofields Sauvignon Blanc (R120), which has tasting notes of tropical fruit and a citrus finish. It has a crisp acidity, which I enjoyed.
"Although the Durbanville area is renowned for its Sauvignon Blanc that excels under the cool conditions where it is grown mostly on the cool south facing slopes, the range of red wines also benefit from the warmer valley outskirts and opposing northern slopes."
My favourite (affordable) red wine from Durbanville Hills is probably the Merlot (R85), although the (less affordable) Rhinofields Merlot of R150 is also great!
The restaurant also has a cosy fireplace where you can escape the icy, winter weather we are currently having!