The hills of Meerendal rise above the flat surrounding landscape which is virtually at sea level. In the early morning hours, they are often shrouded in mist.
Together these hills and valleys provide an almost endless variety of slopes, soil types and micro climates that make it possible to grow a range of classic cultivars with equal success. The Durbanville area is amongst the coolest wine-growing areas in the Cape Winelands and benefits from receiving very little rain during the summer.
The cool character of the area doesn’t have much to do with its height above sea level, but mainly with the southeast wind which blows from False Bay over the vineyards (mainly on late afternoons during the summer months).
It is surprisingly cold when it blows over the contours of the hills, drenching the vineyards in cool, moist air even on the hottest days. This slows the ripening of the fruit and concentrates flavour in the berries.