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Durbanville Wine

Durbanville is a hilly wine-producing area on the northern outskirts of Cape Town in South Africa. It is one of the country's coolest wine-producing regions, and flinty, herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc is the most important style of wine produced from the grapes grown here.

The vineyards of Durbanville sit among the Tygerberg Hills in a valley that runs from north to south. False Bay is 16 miles (26km) south of the valley, and the west coast just eight miles (13km) away. Intense sunshine in Durbanville is tempered by the cooling southerly breezes from False Bay that are funneled up through the valley in the afternoons. Vineyards rise between 820ft and 1300ft (250m and 400m), which also serves to lower the temperature of the region. These climate-moderating factors have enough of an effect on the average temperatures in the area that Durbanville wines are characteristically cool-climate in style.

The gently rolling terrain provides different microclimates, and growers have a wide choice of aspect, slope and exposure to suit their viticultural needs. Higher vineyards that are more exposed to the wind are often several degrees cooler than those in the more-sheltered valleys. The shadows of the hills also serve as a cooling influence. Typically, white-wine varieties are planted on the shaded north-facing slopes and red-wine grapes on the sunnier south-facing slopes.

The majority of the rainfall in Durbanville comes in the cold winter months, allowing the water table to replenish while the vines lie dormant. Well-drained shale soils with good water retention mean that very little irrigation is needed over the summer, and many growers prefer to forgo it completely.

The town of Durbanville sprung up around a local spring in the 17th Century. It initially served as a rest and refreshment point for people traveling from Cape Town to the trading posts in the north. As traffic grew, so did the town, and vineyards planted in Durbanville were producing wine as early as 1702. In the 20th Century, Durbanville has become a part of the larger Cape Town urban area.

Durbanville is particularly famous for Sauvignon Blanc, but cool-climate examples of Chardonnay, Shiraz, Pinotage and Merlot are produced here as well.

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We found 84 wines produced in this region.
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Meerendal Pinotage, Durbanville, South Africa Pinotage $11 35101
Diemersdal Sauvignon Blanc, Durbanville, South Africa Sauvignon Blanc $8 35232
Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc, Durbanville, South Africa Sauvignon Blanc $10 35232
Eikendal Classique Cabernet Sauvignon - Cabernet Franc - Merlot, Durbanville, South Africa Bordeaux Blend Red $28 36323
De Grendel Merlot, Durbanville, South Africa Merlot $15 42735
Diemersdal Matys Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot, Durbanville, South Africa Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot $8 42929
De Grendel Shiraz, Durbanville, South Africa Shiraz $15 43117
Durbanville Hills Merlot, Durbanville, South Africa Merlot $10 43951
Diemersdal Pinotage, Durbanville, South Africa Pinotage $15 46866
Meerendal Shiraz, Durbanville, South Africa Shiraz $23 54327
Durbanville Hills Shiraz, Durbanville, South Africa Shiraz $10 61369
Diemersdal Private Collection, Durbanville, South Africa Bordeaux Blend Red $18 63022
Durbanville Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, Durbanville, South Africa Cabernet Sauvignon $6 66922
Eikendal Chardonnay, Durbanville, South Africa Chardonnay $18 67881
Meerendal Merlot, Durbanville, South Africa Merlot $21 67881
De Grendel Pinot Gris, Durbanville, South Africa Pinot Gris $8 68948
Diemersdal Shiraz, Durbanville, South Africa Shiraz $13 70027
Altydgedacht Pinotage, Durbanville, South Africa Pinotage $15 72278
Diemersdal Merlot, Durbanville, South Africa Merlot $11 74694
Nitida Sauvignon Blanc, Durbanville, South Africa Sauvignon Blanc $11 74694
Durbanville Hills Chardonnay, Durbanville, South Africa Chardonnay $8 75953
Durbanville Hills Bastion Cabernet Sauvignon - Shiraz, Durbanville, South Africa Cabernet Sauvignon - Shiraz $8 83296
Nitida 'Calligraphy' Red, Durbanville, South Africa Bordeaux Blend Red $15 86584
Altydgedacht Barbera, Durbanville, South Africa Barbera $13 88402
Tygerberg Sauvignon Blanc, Durbanville, South Africa Sauvignon Blanc $11 88402
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