One of the Cape's oldest farms, De Grendel takes its name from the Dutch word for "gate". The farm was the gateway for travellers headed inland from the Cape. One of South Africa's most prominent politicians and businessmen at the time, Sir David Graaff, purchased the farm in the 1890s. The vineyards and winery are now managed by Sir David's great grandson, De Villiers.
The closest winery to the city centre, De Grendel benefits from cool ocean breezes making its terroir well-suited to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, among others.