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Cape Town Wine Tours, Durbanville


Durbanville, in the Cape Town region, is a residential suburb and wine producing area in the northern suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa. Our standard wine tours do not cover this area, although it can be requested on a private tour. The town is not far from Cape Town at all and a quick 30 minute drive will get you there from the city centre driving along the N1 motorway.

Durbanville was originally known as Pampoenkraal (from the Dutch pampoen meaning pumpkin, and kraal meaning an enclosure for livestock). It was founded in 1806 around a spring and was primarily a watering station for travellers between Cape Town and the interior of South Africa.

It's name was later changed to d'Urban in honour of the then governor of the Cape Town Colony, Benjamin d'Urban in 1834. This name was later changed to Durbanville in order to avoid confusion with Durban - a major port city in KwaZulu-Natal in the east of South Africa as you travel past the Garden Route all the way up the coast towards Kwazulu Natal province.

One of the attractions of Durbanville for outsiders is it's wine regions. The wine cellars include Altydgedacht, Bloemendal, D’Aria (Poplars), De Grendel, Diemersdal, Durbanville Hills, Hillcrest, Nitida and Meerendal.

The soil in this part of Cape Town has a high clay content and is particularly suited to Sauvignon Blanc - a white wine. The area is quickly becoming a very well-known wine producing district in Cape Town and is within easy driving distance for those who wish to visit.

 

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