Wine growing area (Ward) north of Cape Town in South Africa who is in the district Tygerberg (Coastal Region) counts. Durbanville is named after the town of the same name, which bears the name of the former British General and Governor Benjamin d'Urban (1777-1849). The cool climate is characterized by high rainfall especially in winter. The altitudes consist of red granite weathered soils, the lowlands are sandstone sediments with good water storage, The vineyards border directly on the northern suburbs of the metropolis of Cape Town. The climate is positively influenced by the nearby Atlantic Ocean with cooling sea breezes and nocturnal mists. The most important white wines are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, the most important Rotwerinsorten Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, The winegrowing companies are up to 300 years old and are among the oldest in South Africa. Well-known wineries are Altydgedacht, Bloemendal, Diemersdal, Durbanville Hills, Meerendal and Nitida.