For this 300-year old wine estate, history was made in 1714 when Christina Stans, widow of the first owner, planted 60,000 vines on the rolling hills of Meerendal. Following in her footsteps, Liza Goodwin, cellar master and winemaker since 1998, kept this tradition alive. Privately owned since 2004, Meerendal Wine Estate has been developing into one of South Africa’s top wine estates. Meerendal boasts the oldest vineyard in Durbanville – a block of bush vine Pinotage that was planted in 1955. A special wine, the Heritage Block Pinotage, is made from these old vines.
Meerendal Wine Estate hosts a number of renowned events, ranging from the Grand Finale of the Cape Epic to the yearly Warrior Race. Since 2012, “Team Meerendal” has represented the wine estate at the world’s biggest and toughest mountain bike race, the Absa Cape Epic. The Parkrun on Saturdays is a free, weekly, 5km timed run that is open to everyone, free, and is safe and easy to take part in.
The gracious Cape Dutch homestead originally built as the family home has been converted into a boutique hotel keeping all the grandeur and elegance and combining it with timeless style and ultimate luxury. Recent additions to the exclusive hotel inventory include six newly built rooms, all of which are in the traditional Cape Dutch style with neatly designed verandas and gardens.
Meerendal offers guests two restaurants to choose from and is the ideal setting for weddings, conferences and meetings
The Crown Restaurant is stylish, trendy and beautifully decorated and has spectacular views overlooking the Boland mountains and local vineyards. The restaurant is truly a countryside haven just minutes away from the buzz of the cosmopolitan city life of Cape Town. This owner-run establishment is renowned for attention to detail, impeccable service, fine quality and value for money and is fast becoming a local favourite.
Carlucci’s Deli and Coffee Shop is the new addition at Meerendal . This fantastic coffee hot-spot has picture-perfect views of the Wine lands - it is without a doubt the perfect location to sit back, relax and enjoy a bite to eat. Privately owned it operates with a healthy delicatessen style menu, that focuses on freshly made sandwiches, salads, breakfasts and picnics. The latest offering includes the best Pizza’s around. The deli offers ready-made meals and salads, making it convenient for guests that are looking to grab a quick takeaway.
Meerendal is also dedicated to giving back to the community through the involvement in charities such as Songo, Food Cycle and the Bigfeet Elephant Foundation.
Meerendal Art Gallery, a Feast of Culture, is now open in the Chapel on the Wine Estate. Open
from 09:00 till 17:00 weekdays
082 699 4380
Crown Restaurant & Carlucci's Coffee shop and Bistro
021 975 0383
Breakfast, lunch & dinner seven days a week.
Carlucci's Coffee shop and Bistro:
021 612 0015
Mon – Sun 07:00 – 18:00
Breakfast, Lunch, Pizza’s, Cheese and Meat Platters, Picnics