Great Wine Capitals

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Home to some of the world’s most bountiful vineyards and boasting numerous award-winning restaurants, Cape Town and the Western Cape is a gastronomic wonderland, with a history intrinsically tied to the vine. Wesgro re-joined Great Wine Capitals global network in 2020. 

Founded in 1999, the Great Wine Capitals global network is the only wine body encompassing the so-called “old” and “new” worlds of wine. It exists to encourage of best practice around travel and tourism, education and wine business between the regions of Adelaide (South Australia), Bilbao (Rioja), Bordeaux, Lausanne, Mainz (Rheinhessen), Mendoza, Porto, San Francisco (Napa Valley), Valparaiso (Casablanca Valley), Verona and Cape Town’s Winelands in the Western Cape, South Africa. 

Cape Town and the Western Cape has: 

  • 2 693 Wine Grape Farmers 
  • 45 Producer Cellars 
  • 457 Private Wine Cellars 
  • 5 Wine Regions
  • 22 Wine Routes 

Spread over a geographical area of 92 005 hectares.

Visitors can look forward to award-winning wines, a variety of events and festivals, a wide range of activities from hiking to mountain biking and whale watching, world-class accommodation, cutting edge restaurants, designer golf courses and stunning scenery are all part of the enticing mix.

The South African Wine Routes Forum (SAWRF) is made up of representatives of the wine routes. This is a joint initiative with representatives from Vinpro, Wosa and Wesgro with the aim of a cohesive wine industry in the Cape.

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Latest News

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1 Mar 2021
Cape Town & Cape Winelands Best Of Wine Tourism Award winners
Celebrating innovation and excellence in wine tourism throughout the eleven greatest wine regions in the world, wineries across the Western Cape entered into the prestigious Gre... Read more
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1 Mar 2021
Organic wine producers and Biodynamic organic wine producers in Cape Town and The Western Cape
Here is a list of Organic wine producers and Biodynamic organic wine producers in Cape Town and The Western Cape. Read more
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13 Jun 2022
GUIDE: Winter festivals in the Western Cape
Winter is starting to roll into the Western Cape, but don’t let that put you off, because some of the best events and festivals happen in the province’s cooler months! Take a lo...
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13 Jun 2022
EVENT: Knysna Oyster Festival heats up winter chills
After two years of virtual festivities, the Knysna Oyster Festival makes a welcome return to a physical event this year, and as one of the Garden Route Route and Klein Karoo’s m...
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8 Jun 2022
ADVENTURE | Water Sports in Cape Town
Enjoying Cape Town from the water is one of the best ways to experience the city. From scuba diving and snorkeling with seals, to stand-up paddling and kayaking, there's so...
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7 Jun 2022
GUIDE | Father's Day in Cape Town
A gift guide for those who want to treat their dads and paternal figures to an experience in Cape Town. 
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6 Jun 2022
Glamping Getaways in the Winelands
If you love being immersed in nature, but still enjoy those small luxuries, glamping is the perfect solution. Rock up, start the braai, pour a glass of wine and relax at any of ...
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23 May 2022
GET CREATIVE | Cape Town Crafts
For the artists and creatives, here's your list of outlet activities in Cape Town. From baking and stitching, to painting and crafting, there's so many ways to get creative...
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21 May 2022
Visit the Western Cape in Winter
The winter season has rolled into the Western Cape, but there are plenty of reasons why the colder months are actually an even better time to visit.
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20 May 2022
6 Winter Getaways in the Western Cape
Curl up by the fire, and crack open a bottle of wine, at these great winter getaways.
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17 May 2022
Your Guide to Cape Town and the Western Cape
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12 May 2022
BUCKETLIST | Unique Stays in the Western Cape
With the increasing demand for experiential stays, we've compiled a bucket list of 10 unique and must-visit stays in the Western Cape. From glamping tents and barns, to geodomes...
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9 May 2022
Whale-watching in the Western Cape
South Africa is well known for its Big Five, but the Western Cape also boasts an abundance of marine wildlife, with the region perfect for whale watching. Here’s everything you nee...
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9 May 2022
Whisky in the Western Cape
Cape Town and the Western Cape may be famous for its winelands, but there are also a burgeoning whisky scene in the Cape, with some wonderful venues to enjoy it.
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6 May 2022
LAST MINUTE GUIDE | Mother's Day in the Mother City
This is for the last-minute lovelies who want to treat their moms and maternal figures in the Mother City this weekend. 
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29 Apr 2022
Surf the Garden Route!
Heading up the Garden Route? Pack a surfboard, SUP or body board - experience the waves of the Western Cape!
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24 Apr 2022
The Cradle of Human Culture
Discover the Cradle of Human Culture A journey through the Cradle of Human Culture traces the origins and development of human culture over the past 16...
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22 Apr 2022
Weskus Surf Safari
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31 Mar 2022
MTB routes in the Cape Winelands
The advent of mountain bike (MTB) enthusiasm has been a boon for many wineries. Many have dramatically expanded their offerings to cater specifically to this sport. Take a look ...
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22 Dec 2021
explore the outdoors | Garden Route
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22 Dec 2021
The Western Cape: a world in one province
Get to know the regions of the Western Cape: discover a destination that will give you that faraway feeling without having to travel very far all.  Come find...
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1 Dec 2021
our gift to you | Advent(ure) Calendar
As we enter the festive season, what better way to be present than to enjoy and explore the incredible Western Cape. This year, our gift to you is 25 must-try experiences across...
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22 Nov 2021
Stay, Work, Play at The Milkwood Collection in Knysna
Situated at the bottom of the Knysna Heads, on the lagoon, you’ll find The Milkwood Collection, a series of versatile stays right on the...
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22 Nov 2021
Gentle Giants | Knysna Elephant Park
Witness the beauty of Knysna's nature and natural life at the Knysna Elephant Park, a sanctuary that allows visitors to engage with, and learn about elephants, on the animals' t...
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6 Oct 2021
Wine Stories: Ntsiki Biyela - Aslina Wines
As one of South Africa’s iconic winemakers, Ntsiki Biyela has forged a path to become a highly respected and widely admired name in the world of wine. Discover the story...
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20 Sep 2021
Weskus Beach Flora | A virtual tour with Candide
It's Spring and the Cape has blossomed in color! Candide invite us on a virtual tour to learn more about the fauna and flora of the Cape Weskus.