Wine Routes lead to prestigious wineries where wine tasting
and light lunches can be offered. The members of this route
are all open to the public and will welcome wine lovers
to taste their products in a friendly and informal atmosphere.
of South Africa grow in a country of wild beauty and sharp contrasts.
Mountains and valleys provide spectacular views as you travel
through South Africa on Route 62, the longest wine route
in the world.
Route is shorter, but the concentration of specialty wines makes
it just as thrilling for the wine tourist.
Region is close to Capetown and boast some of South Africa's
best known wines and wineries.
meander over mountains and through lush valleys and that offer
nature preserves with African wildlife and wineries that are
always willing to welcome a visitor. Each region offers the
traveller a different perspective...
Whether it is its magnificent natural beauty, its rich cultural
heritage or its world-renowned wines, the Winelands Region is
synonymous with all the best that the Cape has to offer. A 45-minute
drive from Cape Town brings you to this area where splendid
mountains form a dramatic backdrop to lush vineyards and gabled
Cape Dutch homesteads steeped in history. Experience the hospitality
and beauty of Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington, Franschhoek and
Pniel. The diversity of the Winelands will capture every heart.
This year Stellenbosch celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the
founding of its Wine Route – established in April 1971
by Neil Jubert of Spier, Frans Malan of Simonsig and Spatz Sperling
of Delheim. It represents the culmination of a long tradition
of winemaking started at the Cape by the Dutch Settlers.
Since the founding of Stellenbosch in 1679, the region’s
cool climate and fertile soils combined with the planting of
the correct varieties of grapes have produced a knowledge of
winemaking which spans three centuries. The Stellenbosch Wine
Region today is synonymous with high quality award winning wines.
The Wine Route comprises 44 cellars which produce between them
a large variety of red and white wines. The route offers the
visitor an ideal opportunity of sampling these wines whilst
exploring this famous wine-producing region. Exploring the Wine
Route is an adventure that will not easily be forgotten.
It was the late Sydney Back who had the vision for an all-encompassing
organisation to establish Paarl as one of the leading wine regions
both nationally and internationally.
Wine Auction takes place during April each year and is a highlight
on the International wine calendar that attracts visitors from
around the world. Main features of the two-day event are the
auction itself, the keynote address by an international guest
speaker, as well as a trend-setting fashion show. Paarl has
also released the first Braille Wine Route guide to assist blind
The town of Wellington, only a 45 minutes' drive from Cape Town,
is situated amidst lush vineyards, vine cutting nurseries, olive
and fruit orchards at the foot of the Hawekwa Mountains.
Route leads to prestigious wineries where wine tasting and light
lunches can be offered. The members of this route are all open
to the public and will welcome wine lovers to taste their products
in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Come and make personal
acquaintance with the winemakers and learn more about their
wines, which have won many awards on both national and international
Franschhoek was originally known as Olifants Hoek, after elephants
took to calving in the sheltered valley of plentiful food and
water. In 1694, nine farms were apportioned to Hugenots fleeing
persecution in France. Finding the climate similar to that of
France, the settlers planted vines. Today (21) members of the
Vignerons produce wines consumed throughout the world. Franschhoek
is well known for its excellent restaurants, top accommodation
establishments, splendid mountains and openhearted hospitality.
Spend time browsing its many arts-and-craft shops, galleries
and antique stores.
Experience a unique journey through the Constantia Winelands.
Being a small wine route, the emphasis is shifted to wines of
superb quality. This perfect wine-growing area produces world
famous red and white wine and fine dessert wines.Constantia
is the birthplace of the South African wine industry. Drive
through this historical valley, visit Groot and Klein Constantia,
Constantia Uitsig , Buitenverwachting and Steenberg followed
by a lunch or dinner at one of several top quality restaurants
in the area.
62- The World’s Longest Wine Route
Route 62 meanders through some of South Africa's most fertile
valleys. Thus it is no surprise to have three of South Africa's
leading wine regions on this route. The Breede River gives life
to the Robertson Wine Valley and also to the Worcester Wine
Valley. Against the backdrop of the harsh and unforgiving climate
of the Klein Karoo it is still surprising to find the Klein
Karoo Wine Route.
Worcester's Winelands, barely an hours' drive from
Cape Town, amid spectacular scenery, includes the Worcester
district as far as Wolseley, Slanghoek and the Hex River Valley,
stretches as far south as Villiersdorp and covers the Nuy Cellar
to the east. In terms of volume the Worcester district is the
largest and one of the most important wine-making areas in the
country, producing close to 25% of South Africa's total volume.
and wine go hand in hand with a proud tradition stretching across
250 years. A knowledge of winemaking gathered over the years,
pooled and shared by farmers and winemakers in their pursuit
of excellence, has produced some of the finest wines in the
of Worcester's labour were rewarded when it was South Africa's
champion wine region in 1989. Apart from dessert wines - for
which the area is renowned and has received numerous awards
- the Worcester Winelands has emerged as a quality white and
red wine producing area. Classic varieties such as Sauvignon
Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as
versatile Chenin Blanc and Colombar have won many
a medal at the national wine shows.
is also the country's most important brandy producing area,
with Worcester being the home of the KWV the world's largest
brandy cellar and the Olof Bergh Solera Cellar.
Winelands includes 21 cellars of which 19 are co-operative cellars
and 2 private estates. They are open to the public for wine
sales, wine tasting and cellar tours. A winetasting centre,
for the whole region, is also situated at Kleinplasie, Worcester.
passing through Worcester without enough time to explore the
Winelands, regional wines can be bought by the bottle or case
at the Kleinplasie Wine Cellar. Organized tours and winetasting
are also available.
Robertson Wine Valley, embracing the districts of Ashton,
Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson, is less than two hours'
drive from Cape Town. Robertson, the “Valley of wine and
Roses” is well worth a visit. Situated on the longest
wine route in the world, the Route 62 wine route, you are transported
into the beautiful scenic Breede River Valley , home of connoisseur
quality wines and an abundance of roses. Aside from the many
wine cellars you can visit, there is also the Birds of Paradise
bird park, the Dassieshoek Nature Reserve, Pat Busch Nature
Reserve and the Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve.
It is the
home of champion wines, champion horses and is known for its
abundance of roses, making this truly the "valley of wine
and roses". The Valley's beauty lies not only in its special
location, but in the relaxed hospitality of its people.
known as the Robertson Wine Trust (established in 1983), the
Robertson Wine Valley today represents 32 members, including
11 co-operatives, 14 estates and 7 private producers. Long noted
for its exceptional dessert wines, the Robertson Wine Valley
has in recent years won great acclaim in South Africa, and around
the world, for the production of outstanding white, (especially
Chardonnay, Colombar and Sauvignon Blanc) and red wines, as
well as Cap Classique sparkling wines.
soils and unique climate give the region the natural attributes
to produce outstanding wines. With a history of co-operation
between growers and wineries in the region, disciplined planning
is done regarding the planting of specific grape varieties suitable
to the region's soils and they see to it that it is in line
with recognised trends within the wine industry.
the region's wines, the Valley annually organises a Young Wine
Show, Food and Wine Festival and a Countrywide Wine Tour.
Klein Karoo Wine Route lies from the Cogmanskloof,
outside Montagu in the West, as far as the hamlet of De Rust
near Meiringspoort, in the East. The wine culture was established
during the eighteenth century in the Kannaland, also known as
the Klein Karoo. Casks of heavy brandy accompanied transport
wagons on their journey into the interior.
of South Africa's eight wine regions, the Klein Karoo is large
in area, but small in production. This is a place of extraordinary
vistas, of austere ridges and peaks and lush valleys. There
are glimpses of the distant past, sometimes an eerie feeling
that you have returned to long ago...
may be classed with the best in South Africa. They are pleasant,
fruity, drinkable wines, cleverly reflecting the strong contrasts
of the region. The creativity of the vintner combines with the
expertise of the grower to produce wine which will amaze the
connoisseur and delight the lover of wine.
Karoo Wine family consists of seven co-operative and five private
cellars, which offer a veritable feast of wines. The wine and
cheese of the Klein Karoo are perfect for the climate and complement
the foods of the region. Travellers must allow themselves to
be seduced by the wonderful spectrum of taste.
to the increasingly popular Little Karoo region in the Western
Cape can now look forward to a new tourist attraction, namely
the R62 Brandy Route which includes the sights and experiences
offered by six brandy cellars and one museum.
R62 Brandy Route, the second of these Routes to be
launched in South Africa by the SA Brandy Foundation, follows
the well-known R62 road and includes visiting points at Worcester,
Montagu, Barrydale, Calitzdorp, Oudtshoorn and De Rust. Between
this enchanting region’s picturesque landscape, old buildings,
ostriches and interesting characters there is a deep history
of brandy distillation.
of the R62 Brandy Route is to introduce the broader public and
travellers through the region to this history, as well as the
many superb brandies you will find here. Ashton is situated
on the R62, between Robertson and Swellendam, at the foot of
the majestic Langeberge. It is an important wine producing and
fruit processing centre and home to five wineries and two large
is the gateway to the Little Karoo and also the scenic heart
of Route 62. This historic link between Cape Town, Oudtshoorn,
the Garden Route and the Eastern Cape, offers travellers remarkable
beauty and excellent facilities. All combining to make this
one of the most memorable journeys in South Africa, winding
through spectacular scenery and mountain passes. Some of the
most famous wineries in the Western Cape are to be found along
the way, making it one continuous wine route.