The wine route stretches over four main areas from coastal to Karoo with its rugged and stark setting. Many well known vineyards closer to Cape Town such as Stellenbosch, Wellington, Paarl and Franschoek are popular because of their proximity to Cape Town, however, longer drives into the Western Cape are well worth the effort. The dramatic effect of the Western Cape’s mountains, its valleys draped with vineyards and orchards, the clear blue of the skies, and the daring and interesting smaller homesteads make for unforgettable touring. For example, the Wacky Wine Festival in McGregor every June is a charming, festive, rustic, local affair that brings you into a typical South African Wine Route experience.
The Wine Route makes for outstanding dining, amazing wine tasting, breath-taking scenery and plain enjoyment. For the wine connoisseur and gourmet, it can be nothing short of exceptional and for the ones who just want to enjoy good wine and good company, this is where you will find it.
Although the wine route suggests just that, the Western Cape is replete with other gourmet industries and agricultural endeavours from cheese making to the Mediterranean fruit industry. You will not be disappointed.