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In the South African wine scene, a lot of attention goes to the regions of Stellenbosch, Swartland and Walker Bay. Sometimes it is easy to forget that Durbanville Hills has been producing quality wine for centuries. This region, 20 minutes from the center of Cape Town, has also been historically linked to growing wheat and cattle farming. The Diemersdal farm, which was originally granted by Simon van der Stel to free burgher Hendrik Sneewind in 1698 changed hands a few times and ownership fell to the Louw family in 1885. For six generations the Louws have farmed this land and records found on the farm dating back to 1705 indicate the production of wine. An inventory from 1705 included 45 wine barrels, a wine press and glass bottles.
Today Diemersdal is a pioneer in the region and a quality producer of wine. The farm is 340 hectares in size with 180 hectares planted to vine. The remainder is left for grazing or dedicated to the preservation of the endangered Renosterveld (or “Rhino bush” for English speakers) which is the native flora in the region and has suffered from habitat destruction. The location is wonderful for the production of quality wine grapes, being very close in proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and cooling sea breezes and even fog off the ocean. The Atlantic Ocean is due West a few miles, and the fog and sea breezes typically occur in the afternoon which helps to cool the vines and slow down the ripening. Absent of this climatic effect, there is the South Easter wind which blows in off False Bay and helps to keep the vines happy and disease free.
Diemersdal produces several ranges of wine, and there is a strong focus on Sauvignon Blanc. They are also ahead of the curve producing Austrian varietal Gruner Veltliner which looks like it will take hold in the Cape. Sixth generation family member, Thys Louw is responsible for winemaking and the future of this family run farm looks to be secure.