WEEKEND GETAWAY – Cape Town (1)

A visit to Nitida Wine Farm & Tables at Nitida

After our recent hiking trips in the Cederberg Mountains, we thought it was time to head back to “civilization” … a weekend getaway to Cape Town sounded like the perfect call!

A visit to our friends were long overdue – they all live in the suburbs of Cape Town – and a braai (barbeque) was the perfect opportunity to catch up with everyone.

On our way, there are so many places where one can stop to enjoy what the city has on offer … like a wine tasting at one of the MANY wine farms. Nitida Wine Farm was one of these places and we relaxed here for a couple of hours.

Nitida Wine Farm:

Wine tasting at Nitida Wine Farm

Nitida is situated in the heart of the Durbanville Wine Valley. In 1995, they won their first double-gold Sauvignon Blanc and are now recognised as a benchmark Semillon producer.

Entrance to the wine tasting room
The tasting room is situated inside the barrel maturation cellar

There are currently 3 options for wine tasting; namely ClassicalArtisanal and Sauvignon Sensory tasting. My mom joined us for the wine tasting and both she and Berto chosen the Classical Tasting, while I tried the Artisanal Tasting. We each had the opportunity to taste 4 different wines.

Our first tasting – 2 glasses of Sauvignon Blanc (Classical) and one glass of The Matriarch – MCC (Artisanal)

Nitida Wine Farm is known for their Sauvignon Blanc wines and we all enjoyed the tasting of this wine. But to our surprise, their red blends were remarkable. Both their Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon wines were excellent and we enjoyed these glasses particularly.

A few biscuits on offer to clean the palette in between the tastings
Time to taste the red wine (I was still on one of the white blends)

The tasting room is open 7 days a week and it’s perhaps a good idea to book for tastings on weekends, since the tasting room is not that big … which ensures for an intimate and authentic tasting experience.

An intimate setting at Nitida Wine Farm

We enjoyed our time tasting some of Nitida’s best wines. Of course, as you might know us by now 😉, we have not walked out empty handed … we bought a few bottles to later enjoy back home.

Our purchases at Nitida Wine Farm
Outside the tasting room

Restaurants:

The absolute bonus at this wine farm, is the availability of not one, but two restaurants! At Cassia Restaurant you will be wined and dined for breakfast, lunch and dinner and it is probably the more formal one of the two restaurants. Tables at Nitida is situated between the vineyards and here you will find a more café quality ambience, offering breakfast, lunch and picnic options.

Beautiful scenery on our way to the restaurant
The vineyard next to the road … from grapes (on the one side of the road) to wine (on the other side of the road)

Tables at Nitida:

After all the wine tasting, we were ready to just sit and relax at an informal restaurant to enjoy their quality food and lovely setting. Therefore, Tables at Nitida was the perfect place to enjoy lunch!

Happy to sit at an outside table – perfect for a hot summer’s day

We were warmly welcomed by the staff and their service was prompt and friendly (even with a big group arriving shortly after us). We each opted for a different dish and was very happy with our choices – it was fresh and delicious!

My mom’s Crispy Tortilla (pizza-style)
I choose the Toasted BBQ chicken mayo wrap
Berto’s delicious Tables home-made burger on brioche

When a weekend getaway starts like this, the rest of our time in the suburbs of Cape Town can only promise to be a feast!

52 comments

  1. What a great start to your weekend trip! Everything looks perfect: wine, food and the beautiful surroundings. With you on the choice of the tasting menu, Artisanal sounds the most tempting. I wonder if you are a fan of the movie ‘Sideways’? I’ve seen it a couple of times, the characters are a real draw alongside all the wine talk and Californian scenery.

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    • Oh yes, I love days like these 😁. The Artisanal Tasting just sounded a bit more eccentric and definitely had a different taste than the Classical wines (yes, I did took a sip from my mom and Berto’s wine as well 😅 … just to make sure I was not missing out)! No, I haven’t seen the movie ‘Sideways’, but I googled the trailer and it looks like a great movie to relax with (while enjoying a glass of wine) … thanks for the tip Leighton, I’ll definitely watch this one!

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  2. I love this blog review, which really is a selfless service both to visiting tourists and our beautiful, beloved country. It is well written, the layout is perfect and the photography really good.

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  3. I attended a wine tasting at Steenberg Winery on the Cape. It was my first wine tasting, and I was surprised that the “tasting” involved basically normal sized glasses of wine. By the end of the tasting I was definitely “feeling no pain” as they say. A restaurant on the premises would have been much appreciated to help sober up. This winery had the right idea. The food looks really delicious. I hope the rest of your weekend was as enjoyable as your experience at this delightful winery.

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  4. This looks like a wonderful spot for a wine tasting and lunch. The food looks amaaaaazing. If you left with a few bottles of wine, that’s always a good sign that the wine was delicious! What a great way to start your weekend and how fun to go with your mom.

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    • Everything was just amaaaaazing 😉! When good wine and delicious food gets together, it’s always a winner!
      It was great to have my mom with us – we actually took her to her sister for a visit, but she enjoyed the wine tasting (her first ever) … it was so nice to spoil her.

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  5. That all looks so nice! Wine tasting is fun. I rarely drink now but I do enjoy a nice wine and I remember that South Africa has some very fine ones. My friend Tim was the catering manager at JFK for SAA and somehow he always seemed to get samples! Those lunch choices look wonderful, so fresh.

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    • Lucky Tim (and you) 😉. We love our South African wine (tasted a few bottles of other countries and so far it’s Spain’s wine that comes a very close second … but maybe we had far too many of these bottles while walking the Camino). That is exactly how my mom described her lunch – “it looks so fresh” … thanks, it was a great afternoon!

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  6. If you are a wine lover, going to a wine tasting is one of the most exciting things you can do. I’d say you have to come up with a plan as there will be more wines than you can sensibly try in just a few hours. I am glad to hear you had a fab time, Corna 🙂

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    • Yes, wine tasting in the Cape Winelands are always a wonderful experience … not just is their wine good, but the scenery is beautiful! Thanks for joining in on our wine tasting Aiva, hope you have a great weekend 🌞.

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    • I think wine tasting is one the top things to do when visiting Cape Town – whether it’s summer or winter (in the sun, under an umbrella outside or next to a cozy fire inside 😉). I hope that you can return one day …

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  7. I have been to Nitida wine farm a while back, way to long to say that I can remember what the wine taste like 😊 What a stunning share and a great reminder that I need to add this to the list of places that I must visit. Thank you Corna for a wonderful post 🌸💕

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    • It’s great that you also visited Nitida … don’t worry, even I can’t remember what the wine tasted like – and it was just the other day (but at least we have a few bottles here at home to remind us 😉). I’m glad you enjoyed the post Henrietta (it’s easy to put something like wine, food and beautiful scenery in the “happy category”)!

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  8. Wow it seems a weekend in my favourite areas! 😍 Wine, food, discovery new things. Love wine tastings. Next door almost there is a lovely wine yard I been blogging earlier. My dream is to visite Cape Town one day. 🙏🏻🤗

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    • Oh yes, we love wine tastings too! And there are so many wine farms in and around Cape Town – it’s hard to choose just one! I really hope you get to Cape Town one day … but make sure you have plenty of time, because there is just sooo much to see and do 😁.

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      • I can imagine one need a lots of time there. I know you make excellent wines too. 🍷 And I always been told the food is amazing. Lives just about 30 I’m from Africas boarder’s. And looking always on the Rif mountains in Marocco. Been in north and west Africa many times but one day I will visit the south too. That’s my dream. Trying out the wines and food… 🍷🙏🏻😍

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      • Oh yes, our wine are really good! We’ve been to a couple of places around the world and still thinks our wine is the best (we are probably biast 😉). We have only visited Egypt, but I would love to visit Marocco … hopefully one day!

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      • Our Spanish wines can be quite good. There is some local wine producers that makes excellent wines. Have you tried Spanish wines? Actually before I my moved down here I mostly bought South African wines.
        Been in Egypt (forgot) many times. Morocco couple of times (love the food but not the wine😎) Senegal and Gambia too. And I always try to learn from the locals how too cook there food.

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      • Oh yes, and have we tried the amazing Spanish wines! My husband and I walked the Camino Frances from Pamplona to Santiago in 2017 … and I think we had a bottle of Spanish red wine every night 😄. And you’re right, the Spanish wine is really good. We get that here in our South African shops as well and every now and then I will buy a bottle of Rioja wine to remember our great time in Spain!

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    • Absolutely, it is indeed a lovely winery … and there are many more! Thanks Lisa, I feel really privileged to live in such a beautiful area – it’s great to re-explore our country. Haha, I think our blog will have to be the travel book for now – but thanks for the thought 💌.

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