A place where city culture and viticulture connect. Durbanville Hills is located a mere 20 minutes away from the Cape Town city centre, standing proud against the Tygeberg Hills. The winery not only offers a spectacular view of Table Mountain, Table Bay and Robben Island but also an extraordinary terroir that moderates temperatures – one of the main contributing factors that shape the lively harmonious flavours of Durbanville Hills wines.
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. Originally established as a joint venture between Distell and seven grape farmers in the early 1990s, Durbanville Hills now extends to nine member farms located near the cellar since the first vintage in 1999.
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 Sparkling Sauvignon was named one of the ‘Top Sparkling Wines’ at the international wine challenge – Battle of the Bubbles – an event hosted by renowned Michelin star chef and wine explorer, Roger Jones. Of the 37 wines entered, Durbanville Hills Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc was awarded third place in the challenge, narrowly edged out by a French Champagne and South African MCC.
Durbanville Hills also believes in giving back and by working together with the community, aims to improve the quality of life of employees and their families. Through a workers’ trust, employees own a shareholding in the farms and the cellar financially supports community projects, education, and skills development programs for both the farm workers and their families.
Charismatic Martin Moore, highly respected in the wine industry and cellar master of Durbanville Hills known far and wide for its excellent wines from a unique terroir. This year we took the opportunity to host Martin Moore in a Zoom meeting where he gave of his deep knowledge and offered interesting insights into his personal philosophy. The questions were well thought out by our very enthusiastic young wine stewards. His answers were clear and in-depth as he explained each step of the way – all in all a pleasure to have hosted this virtual Grape to Glass to this tight-knit group, an absolute privilege. Here more… http://tiny.cc/x09ipz