Wine Routes in Western Cape

04-wine-route-western-cape-imageBefore you venture out to experience the wine routes of South Africa, some background info. Every journey has a beginning – even if only in thought, and it was the idea of Jan van Riebeeck, the first governor of the Cape, to plant a vineyard in 1655. On 2 February 1659, Oom Jan wrote in his diary, “Today - God be praised – wine pressed for the first time from Cape Grapes”. We couldn’t agree more.


All South African wine routes fall under the auspices of the Wine of Origin Scheme. Production is divided into official regions, districts and wards. There are 5 principle demarcations – Coastal, Breede River Valley, Little Karoo, Olifants River and Boberg, covering 21 districts and 61 wards. Stylistically, South African wines fit somewhere between Old World and New.

Visit Wine Routes in Paarl and Wine Routes in Stellenbosch

Vines are planted across the Western Cape as far as the Hemel-en-Aarde valley in the Southern Cape, Bamboes Bay on the West Cape coast, Hartswater in the Northern Cape and Rietrivier in the south western Free State. Unofficially, South Africa’s northernmost vineyards are in Bronkhorstspruit, east of Pretoria in Gauteng!

Visit Wine Routes In Witzenberg and Wine Routes in Breede River.

Each of South Africa’s wine routes exhibits its own personality. If you’re a serious wine buff you’ll want to delve into the intricacies of terroir, appellations and labels. Or like most of us you’ll visit a couple of estates, swoon over the gorgeous award-winning wine, buy more than you meant to, and then reward yourself further with a long delicious lunch in the warm Cape sunshine.

The most popular wine routes are those in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl, with Robertson and Durbanville areas emerging as new favourites.

Whether you’re a “I drink it ‘cos it tastes nice” wine lover, or a blind-tasting genius who can identify the exact spot the tree was grown on the first sip of a French oak barrel-matured Chardonnay, you’re welcome on the wine routes in South Africa.

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