D’Aria Vineyards comprises of two wine farms: Doordekraal and Springfield. The history of Springfield dates back to 1698, making it one of the oldest and most significant farms in what is now Durbanville. It was in 1698 that the then governor of the Cape first granted this farmland, known as “Hooge Bergs Vallei” (later “Springfield”), to Dutchwoman Tryntjie Verwey. The farm was then passed to her daughter Alida. Almost exactly three centuries later the properties were bought by Barinor Holdings who amalgamated the two farms as D'Aria Vineyards. Viticulturist Johan von Waltsleben was a founder board member of Barinor. His son Rudi von Waltsleben is the winemaker. The vineyards are situated behind the Tygerberg Hills, mainly in north- facing and east-facing rows on slopes of rich fertile soils. Situated 10km from the Atlantic Ocean, the sea breeze cools the grapes at night after the warm summer days. As the area enjoys above average rainfall, there is no need to irrigate the vines. The clay-textured soils preserve all the nutrition and water during the winter months letting nature control the quality of the grapes in the warmer summer months. The D’Aria Winery, inaugurated with the 2008 crop, is a study in simple sophistication. www.dariawinery.co.za