About the wine maker
The Durbanville Hills region is the second oldest wine region in SA and is classified as a cool climate area. The biggest contributing factor to this is the close proximity to both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, with cold south-easterly and south-westerly winds that blow inland from Table Bay and False Bay bearing cool, moist air. At night time, the cold air from the Atlantic Ocean moves into the valley, cooling down the grapes even more, which helps to create the cool climate so essential for the slow ripening of quality grapes. The grapes are sourced from the vineyards planted on the hills surrounding the cellar with elevations of up to 250 metres above sea level. These vineyards are planted on slopes that face in different directions, each producing grapes which reflect their own distinct meso-climate.
The contemporary winery is jointly owned by nine leading grape farms in the area and Distell, which has management responsibility. Such is the heritage of the region that the youngest of the member farms, Klein Roosboom, dates from 1714 and the oldest from 1685.
Cellarmaster Martin Moore makes well-balanced wines that pair particularly well with food. This stems from his passion for the art of culinary excellence. His wines are elegant and truly reflect the cool-climate style that is so typical to the Durbanville region.
As well as aiming to produce contemporary wines while respecting the environment, Durbanville Hills was also recently recognised for conforming to the code of fair labour practices recently introduced by the Wine and Agricultural Industry Ethical Trade Association (WIETA). This recognition, in the form of a new ethical seal, will soon be displayed on 12 of the cellar’s wines, the highest number of any South African winery to date. The ethical seal is modelled on South Africa’s sustainability seal, developed to promote awareness of the production integrity followed at every stage of the supply chain from vineyard to bottle.