Durbanville Valley Wine Route
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Durbanville has a thriving community of garagistes - hobbyists that make low volumes of hand-crafted, highly individualistic wines.
The Durbanville Wine Valley was established in 2004, but some families on this Cape Town north wine route have been making wine for 6 generations.
Durbanville, a ward of the Tygerberg wine district, was awarded Wine of Origin status in 1989. Wineries range from boutique, small-yield estates to large-scale farms harvesting 6000 tons per annum. With its vineyards on average just 12km from the cold Atlantic Ocean, Durbanville is one of the Cape’s coolest coastal wine areas.
Vines are exposed to moisturising seasonal coastal mists that combine with cooling southeaster breezes from False Bay on the Indian Ocean side, slowing the pace at which the grapes ripen in the hot summers of this Mediterranean climate region. Shale-derived, deep and well-drained soils capture generous winter rainfall. This climate and geology give Durbanville’s winegrowers the flexibility to produce an array of cool-climate New World wines.
Durbanville’s most planted cultivars are Sauvignon Blanc followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Chardonnay. Winemakers at Durbanville wine farms are also experimenting with lesser-known cultivars like Pinot Gris, Barbera, Pinot Noir and Semillon.
Sauvignon Blanc, Durbanville’s signature wine, is produced in a variety of styles, both wooded and unwooded, and is made by all 12-member wineries of the Durbanville Wine Valley.
If you’ve only a day to explore, head up or down the M13 Tygerbergvalley Road, where you’ll find several Durbanville wine estates including Durbanville Hills, Hillcrest, Nitida, Bloemendal, D’Aria, and Altydgedacht, within easy reach.
If you’ve a little more time, discover Durbanville’s scenic back roads. Visit De Grendel on the M14, follow the Vissershoek Road (M48) to the historic cellars of Meerendal, and don’t miss Diemersdal, off the M58, on the Koeberg/Adderley Road.
For oenophiles looking for award-winning wines with serious cellar potential, and families seeking a country escape, nearby Durbanville Wine Valley is one of the Cape’s coolest wine routes in every sense.
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Who to contact
Durbanville Wine Valley Association
Mobile: +27 (0) 83 310 1228