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3 unusual pairings at this Durbanville winery

From MCC to tonic tastings: there’s something at Canto for the whole family

Last updated: Friday, 1 April 2022

On the rolling hills of Durbanville, you’ll find a boutique winery with beautiful aged vineyards and low-yielding vines that, as wine fundis know, produce the best wines. This is Canto Wines, a perfect little oasis for our friends in the Northern suburbs, but it is well worth the drive for the rest of us. From its signature MCC and macaron pairing to a stunning picnic on the lawns, this wine farm has something to offer the whole family will enjoy. 


Canto Wines also offers regular wine tastings without pairings. Image: Canto Wines

TRY THE SIGNATURE MACARON AND MCC TASTING 

This is Canto’s most popular tasting. Four glasses of MCC are served, paired with four different flavours of decadent macarons. The fizz of the bubbles is enhanced by the macarons that melt in your mouth. Flavours range from hazelnut to Turkish delight, and these are paired either with an earthy Chardonnay MCC or a delicate Shiraz Rose MCC. 


This tasting costs R115 per person and is served throughout the week. Image: Canto Wines

OPT FOR THE NON-ALCOHOLIC OR GIN TASTING

If you’re not a bubbles person, there are two other tasting options for you. For gin lovers, a refreshing Bellevue Kukumakranka gin is paired with four different tonic waters, and  with dried fruits and rose leaves. 


The tonic waters range from zesty lemon to blueberry tonic. Image: Canto Wines

Kids, designated drivers, pregnant women and tea-totallers also have an option: Refreshing artisan tonics are paired with four gourmet macarons.


The non-alcoholic tasting serves the same selection of tonic water as the gin tasting. Image: Canto Wines

ORDER A BASKET AND ENJOY A LEISURELY PICNIC

If you go for a tasting, consider sticking around for a stunning picnic on the lawns. The options include a variety of cheeses, cold meats, condiments and gourmet marshmallows and macarons. Note: The picnics work on a first-come, first-serve basis – there are only 10 spots available – and require a minimum of R180 purchase from the deli – so rock up early with your picnic blanket and bring some outdoor games. 


There are only 10 picnic spots available at a time, so plan your timing ahead. Image: Canto Wines

WHEN + WHERE TO GO 

Tastings are available: Monday to Thursday, 11am - 5pm; Friday & Saturday, 10am - 8pm; Sunday, 11am - 6pm
Picnics are available: Saturday, 10am – 8pm; Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Find Canto Wines: Canto Wines | Vissershok Road | Durbanville
Book: cantowines.co.za/contact-us/ 
Contact it on: 021 492 2821, info@cantowines.co.za, Instagram: @cantowines 

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By Lara van Zyl

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