Durbanville Wine Valley

The vineyards at Durbanville Hills estate. Photo courtesy of RobW_

Cool sea breezes, the hot sun, and the vista of rolling hills while wining and dining at award-winning estates – welcome to the Durbanville Wine Valley. 

The Valley has over recent years established itself as a popular wine route, further cementing Cape Town as the wine-growing capital of South Africa. Cape Town has been a wine-growing region since 1659.

The area, with its special micro-climate, lends itself to producing noble cultivars. Its award-winning wines and beautifully appointed restaurants would appeal to any gastronome. 

Before being renamed Durbanville in 1886, the area was known as Pampoenkraal (pumpkin corral) and was home to a few farms. Travellers would stop at Pampoenkraal to replenish their water and food supplies. After starting off as a cattle- and wheat-producing area, farmers planted vines in the later 17th to 18th century.

Today one of the coolest wine-growing regions, produces a number of noble cultivars in an exceptional micro-climate. The area is home to 12 outstanding wine farms, restaurants and hotels, and is halfway between Cape Town and Stellenbosch.

Even though it takes a mere 20 minutes to get from the very busy Cape Town city centre to the Durbanville Wine Valley, the area is rich in country scenery and farm-style hospitality. 

 

 

 

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