Just 20 minutes outside of Cape Town, Durbanville Wine Valley (DWV) has revitalized its offering and hosts several different experiences. “Durbanville has always been popular with visitors, from day-trippers to travellers eager to experience a little more of the Cape. With spacious rural destinations being safer alternatives for near-home getaways, Durbanville is once again front of mind – and for good reason,” says newly appointed DWV manager Natasha de Villiers.
The region offers something for every season, whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, wine fundi or gourmand, and is perfect for both the family or the solo traveller. “The root of its appeal lies in the valley’s legacy of hospitality,” says Natasha. “A fresh-water spring made Durbanville in its early days a rest-stop for explorers, transport riders and local farmers. Travellers between the coast and hinterland would spend some time here to replenish their supplies.”
Among its many outdoor attractions are over 170km of MTB routes that run through vineyards and criss-cross wilderness areas. Local nature reserves cater for amongst others picnics and birdwatching too. Extraordinary views come standard with every visit.
Festivals and special events are a regular feature too, with many venues, including local wineries listing their programmes on the calendar of events, located on their website. “In the pipeline is a winter campaign that will see farms offering soup and wine from their tasting rooms,” says Natasha. “We’re also planning a Dine Durbanville month that highlights the excellence of local wineries and restaurants.”
Durbanville Wine Valley is home to some of South Africa’s most well-known wineries, which have a long history of producing champion wines thanks to the region’s cool climate, and diversity of soils and slopes. They include Altydgedacht, Bloemendal, Canto, D’Aria, Diemersdal, De Grendel, Durbanville Hills, Hillcrest, Klein Roosboom, Loch Lynne, Maastricht, Meerendal, Nitida, Groot Phesantekraal and Signal Gun.
The tradition of winemaking has been practiced here since the end of the 17th century. The oldest vineyard of the region – Pinotage – was planted in 1955 and continues to produce fruit for class-leading wines.
Durbanville is generally known for Sauvignon Blanc excellence, which has traditionally been highlighted by the annual Season of Sauvignon festival.