The Durbanville wine of origin area is located about a twenty minute's drive from Cape Town. Most of the vineyards are situated on rolling hillsides, with plantings at 1000 feet above sea level. The proximity to the ocean is ideal for well structured wines with good natural acidity; leading varieties include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz; Bordeaux blends, aged in barriques are a popular item for many local producers. There are currently a dozen wineries located in the Durbanville area. (Wine/Appellations)