Discover the Durbanville wine valley
Durbanville is the closest wine route to where I live so it is an area we tend to frequent often for a tasting, a picnic, a spoily lunch, or just to show off the beauty of the area to visiting family and friends.
Nestled in the Tygerberg Hills lies the Durbanville Wine Valley with its hectares of flourishing vineyards, award-winning wines and hospitable atmosphere. The Durbanville Wine Valley consists of over a dozen wineries, each offering the finest in wines, and complemented with some of the best fine-dining restaurants and intimate country kitchens in the region.
The Durbanville Wine Valley was established in 2004, but some families on this Cape Town North wine route have been making wine for six 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 moist seasonal coastal mists 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.
The producers of the area are united in their passion to reflect the Durbanville territory in all their wines. The result is a magnificent range of intense, fruit-driven yet elegant wines, as different from each other as the slopes that create them and the individual personalities who craft them.
For oenophiles looking for award-winning wines with serious cellar potential, and families seeking a country escape, Durbanville Wine Valley is one of the Cape’s coolest wine routes in every sense.
At Checkers we bring the Durbanville wine route right to your door. Try some of our wines from the following award-winning estates:
Altydgedacht, Durbanville Hills, Diemersdal, De Grendel, Nitida and Meerendal.