Durbanville Hills: a Young Farm that Took Centuries to Make
Wine has been made in the Durbanville area in one form or another since the 17th century, but it was Durbanville Hills Wines that put them on the map.
A unique synergy between ancient soils, a cool climate, gentle elevation and a history of excellence in wine making combines to create wines of exceptional quality. Durbanville Hills is a place where city culture and viticulture connect.
Did you know? The land Durbanville Hills stands on started out as a resting place for travellers called Pampoenkraal.
The Destiny of Durbanville
The first vineyards in the region were likely planted towards the end of the 17th century, and eventually farmers in the area were producing wine for themselves and their dependents. The first surplus of wine was recorded as early as 1702!
Originally established as a joint venture between Distell and seven grape farmers in the early 1990s, Durbanville Hills now extends to 11 member farms located near the cellar since the first vintage in 1999. Located a mere 20 minutes away from the Cape Town city centre, standing proud against the Tygerberg Hills, this winery not only offers a spectacular view of Table Mountain, but also an extraordinary terroir that moderates temperatures – one of the main contributing factors that shape the harmonious flavours of Durbanville Hills wines.
A Tale of Terroir
Ancient soils, chilly south-easterly and south-westerly winds, diversity of different facing slopes, proximity to the cool Atlantic Ocean and the vineyards’ elevation above sea level have given rise to this unique terroir that ultimately shapes the wines’ exceptional character. Given this superior terroir the Durbanville Hills winery was designed and built with only one objective in mind: to make top-quality wine from top-quality grapes. The winery is renowned for its Sauvignon blanc, and boasts an array of successful vintages that have accumulated multiple accolades over the years.
Most recently, the Durbanville Hills Blanc de Blanc MCC was named as the World’s Best Bottle Fermented Sparkling Wine at the World Sparkling Wine awards. The quality of the wines extends across the range - the Sparkling Rosé was awarded a double Gold at the SA Sparkling Wine championship and the Merlot Rosé was awarded gold at the Michelangelo Wine & Spirits awards.
Durbanville Hills also believes in giving back and by working together with the community, aims to improve the quality of the life of employees and their families. Through a workers’ trust, employees own a shareholding in the winery and the cellar financially supports community projects, education and skills development programmes for both the farm workers and their families. In recognition of the cellars’ efforts, Durbanville Hills was named winner of the “Ethical Award” category in the 2011 Drinks Business Awards.
On the Farm
The Tangram Restaurant at Durbanville Hills is famed for its spectacular views of Table Mountain and Table Bay. Chef Tamzyn Ehlers uses only the freshest ingredients, and creatively ensures an extraordinary visual and taste experience. It was recently awarded the 2020 Travellers Choice Award – ranking the restaurant in the top 10% of restaurants worldwide.
Experience rolling hills, magnificent views, award-winning wines and much more at Durbanville Hills. Find out more on their website.