Durbanville Hills Honored To Be The Official Wine Of Presidential Inaugural Ball

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Durbanville Hills wine had the historic pleasure of being the official wine of "Africa on the Potomac" - the Pan-African Inaugural Celebration Ball of President Barack Obama, held in Arlington, VA on January, 20, 2009. The event was hosted by the Government of the Republic of Kenya, African Diplomatic Corps, African Union, African Professionals in Washington, DC and The Corporate Council on Africa.

Durbanville Hills wine had the historic pleasure of being the official wine of "Africa on the Potomac" - the Pan-African Inaugural Celebration Ball of President Barack Obama, held in Arlington, VA on January, 20, 2009. The event was hosted by the Government of the Republic of Kenya, African Diplomatic Corps, African Union, African Professionals in Washington, DC and The Corporate Council on Africa. Working in conjunction with Durbanville Hills wines was South African Airways and WOSA.

Some of the notable personalities who attended the ball and enjoyed Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc, Pinotage & Shiraz, were: Kenyan family and friends of President Barack Obama; Robert De Niro; H.E. Erastus J.O Mwencha, deputy chairperson, African Union Commission; H.E. Moses Wetang'ula, minister of foreign affairs, Republic of Kenya; several African Ambassadors to the United States; and the Boys Choir of Kenya.

Durbanville Hills was honoured to be part of the celebration of the election and swearing in of President Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America, as a mere ten years ago the Durbanville Hills cellar celebrated its first wines and they now constitute one of the most popular super premium ranges in South Africa.

The decision to establish Durbanville Hills was taken in 1998 when seven grape farmers approached Distell with the proposal that they build a cellar as a joint venture to make their own wine. When the cellar was started, the surrounding vineyards were well established, due to farmers already using excellent viticultural practices. Today there are about 180 vineyard blocks, all of which are graded for quality annually before the harvest.

After ten years the winemaking team knows the expectations from each individual vineyard, helping them to develop a unique style that is a true reflection of the area, a style that combines the elegance of the Old World with the outspoken fruitiness of the New World. In seeking out that elegance the winemakers continue the traditions of Europe as reflected in more than three centuries of winemaking at the Cape.

The cool character of Durbanville wines is due to the Southeaster which, during late afternoons of the summer months, blows off False Bay over the Cape Flats, bringing cool, moist air. The wind is surprisingly cold as it comes sweeping over the contours of the hills, cooling down the vineyards even on the hottest day. And even when the Southeaster is not blowing, a westerly wind comes off the cold Atlantic to do the same.

South African wines, most notably Durbanville Hills, wines are made in the most environmentally friendly way because producers follow very specific systems and methods aimed to achieve quality grape yields year upon year while minimally disrupting the environment. This concern for the environment is then continued in the cellar. Since its inception in 1999, the Durbanville Hills' cellar strives to operate as eco-friendly as possible and this is just one step in a long line of efforts taken by the cellar to protect the environment.

Durbanville Hills is imported to US by AV Brands, Inc., currently its portfolio includes Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc, Durbanville Hills Shiraz, and Durbanville Hills Pinotage from the Hills Range, Rhinofields Sauvignon Blanc from the Rhinofields Range and Biesjes Craal Sauvignon Blanc from the Single Vineyard Range.

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