Durbanville Hills Winery

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Durbanville HillsDurbanville Hills winery draws its grapes from a group of neighbouring historic farms, mostly established at the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries.

AddressM13, Durbanville, Cape TownType:Private CellarDurbanville Hills Winery
Telephone+27 (0)21 558 1300Sales/Visits:

Mon–Fri 09:00–16:30, Sat 09:30–14:30,

Sun 11:00–15:00

 
Fax+27 (0)21 559 8169Websitehttp://www.durbanvillehills.co.za  

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Wines shaped by the landscape

There is no secret. As with everything, it is important to start with the very best ingredients. Like all farmers, winemakers set great stock by climate, soil type and the lie of the land. In winemaking terms this is called terroir.

Terroir refers to all the physical and environmental characteristics in and around a particular vineyard that are imparted to a wine. Characteristics such as climate, soil composition, height above sea level, which way the slope is facing, and whether the vineyards are cooled by maritime breezes.

The Durbanville ward is one of the coolest areas in the Cape Winelands. The hills surrounding the cellar run on a north-south axis, limiting the amount of direct sunlight the vineyards receive while optimising exposure to the Southeaster which, during late summer afternoons, blows inland from False Bay bearing cool, moist air. This helps create the cool climate so essential for the slow ripening of quality grapes. In fact, the cooler, the better as too warm a climate leads to overripe grapes and underdeveloped flavours.

In the cellar, using a combination of science and art, all the winemaker can do is shape and nurture the bounty brought in from the vineyards.

Why is cool so important?

Imagine an overripe peach or apple. The sweet, sugary taste overwhelms the unique peach or apple flavour of the fruit. The same happens to grapes that are exposed to direct sunlight for most of the day and aren't given the opportunity to cool down at night. Slow ripening concentrates the flavours and results in wines that reflect the characteristic flavours of the varietal.

Whether from the premium Hills range, the Rhinofields reserve range or the limited release single-vineyard range, the taste is unmistakably Durbanville Hills. The wines are elegant, balanced, extremely food friendly and also have wonderful maturation potential.   

Our Wine

Durbanville Hills winery draws its grapes from a group of neighbouring historic farms, mostly established at the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries.

These include Bloemendal, allocated as a freehold farm in 1698 to an early Dutch settler at the Cape. Most of the other farms involved were allocated as freehold farms during the early 1700s, including Maastricht in 1702, Hooggelegen in 1703 and Ongegund in 1704.

The Hills Range

Durbanville Hils Premium wines are marked by prominent fruit flavours balanced with finesse.

Rhinofields Reserve Range

The reserve range, named for the indigenous "Renosterveld" of the area, is cleverly produced by combining no more than 2 to 3 vineyard blocks, often from opposite hillsides, allowing combinations of fruit from different mesoclimates. This enables Durvanbille Hills to produce wines of great depth and character.

Single-vineyard Range

The Single-vineyard range is made from vineyard blocks identified as being exceptional, with their own unique character. Wines blended from multiple vineyards are more like a broadway musical's chorus. The character may be less exciting, but if a singer is off-key the rest of the chorus make up for it. Single vineyard wines however, like true stars, have to perform, or face not being released.

Single-vineyard wines and true Broadway Stars are rare and thus command higher prices than "chorus" wines.

Please visit our website to Buy Our Wine Online

Facilities & Services

Cellar Tastings and Tours

From the modern tasting room while tasting our exclusive wines, enjoy breath-taking views of Table Bay, Robben Island and Cape Town with Table Mountain as backdrop.

During the week, cellar staff offer twice-daily guided tours of our state-of-the-art cellar. Groups of more than 10 are required to book.

Wine Tasting Trading Hours:

Monday to Friday: 09:00 to 16:30
Saturday: 09:30 to 14:30
Sunday: 11:00 to 15:00
Public Holidays: 09:30 to 14:30

Cellar Tours:

Monday to Friday: 11:00 and 15:00
Booking of big groups essential.

Evening Cellar Tours:

Only mid-February until mid-April 2007. Times still to be confirmed.Please call us on (021) 558-1300
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Please visit our website for pricing

Restaurant

For a wine and food experience at our state-of-the-art winery and restaurant with its panoramic views of Table Mountain and Table Bay. Our restaurant menu is designed to compliment our world class wines in the beautiful environment in which they were created. We are open 7 days a week for wine tastings and sales. See you soon...

Tuesdays to Saturdays an a la carte menu is available and on Sundays a buffet menu is available.

Operating Hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday to Sunday: 12:00 - 15:00
Wednesday to Saturday: 19:00 - 23:00

Booking essential. Closed on Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday. A 10% gratuity will be added to the bill for all tables of 6 or more guests

Telephone : +27 21 558 1337

Map & Directions

Visiting us is easy. Use the maps below to reach us from the Cape Town CBD. Travel along the N1, which leads you to the Durbanville Hills experience.

From Cape Town, take the N1 (north in the direction of Paarl). Take exit 10, then exit 13, followed by exit 13A to get onto the N7, in the direction of Malmesbury.

Take the Plattekloof Road off-ramp at exit 17. At the top of the ramp, turn right onto the M14 and continue until you reach a round-about. Take the first turn left onto the M13. After about 3km, you will find Durbanville Hills on your right-hand side.

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