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. 

It is the only such Network to encompass the so-called ‘Old’ and ‘New’ worlds of wine, and it aims to encourage travel, education and business exchanges between the prestigious wine regions of Adelaide | South Australia, Bilbao | Rioja (Spain), Bordeaux (France), Cape Town | Cape Winelands (South Africa), Hawke’s Bay (New Zealand), Lausanne (Switzerland), Mainz | Rheinhessen (Germany), Mendoza (Argentina), Porto (Portugal), San Francisco | Napa Valley (USA), Valparaìso | Casablanca Valley (Chile) and Verona (Italy).

Being founded in 1999, the Network has developed and introduced several projects, initiatives and programs with the objective of achieving excellence in tourism, business services and education within the global alliance of its renowned wine regions..

South Africa has:

2487 Wine Grape Farmers

478 Private Wine Cellars

45 Producer Cellars

95% of which are in the Western Cape

The Western Cape has:

5 Wine Regions

20 out of 23 Wine Routes are in the Western Cape

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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4 Sep 2017
Discover the Top New Experiences in Cape Town & Western Cape
Wanting to sell Cape Town and the Western Cape from a ‘new’ angle? These new and unique experiences are a great way to package the province a little bit ‘differently than usual’...
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21 Aug 2017
MTB trails you HAVE to ride in the Western Cape
The mountain biking community in the Western Cape is massive with a huge amount of trails to test your skills on, regardless of whether you are a downhill demon or still have your ...
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16 Aug 2017
The ultimate Road Trip for the ladies
Cape Town and the Western Cape is the ultimate destination for an epic road trip with the ladies!
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16 Aug 2017
Discover luxury in Paarl in the Western Cape
From boutique wine farms and tractor rides to rounds of golf and luxury accommodation, the Paarl Valley boasts charm and classical beauty in equal measure.
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7 Aug 2017
Events in September in the Western Cape
September is Tourism Month, and in the Western Cape you will be spoiled with plenty of events to enjoy, from arts festivals to food and wine, wild flowers to marathons, there is so...
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3 Aug 2017
Discover wildflowers along the Cape West Coast
Come springtime, the Cape West Coast puts on a show!
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1 Aug 2017
Get off the grid in the Western Cape
Take a break from the grind at these awesome getaway spots.
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21 Jul 2017
Discover gourmet, wine and more in Franschhoek
Old and new have combined to expand on Franschhoek's abundant offering.
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18 Jul 2017
Coastal summer getaways in the Western Cape
The Western Cape is known for its natural beauty, pristine coastal stretches, its amazing beaches and epic seaside towns - here are some of the best seaside spots to spend your sum...
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10 Jul 2017
Family-friendly activities on the Garden Route
Five things on the Garden Route the whole family can enjoy
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15 Jun 2017
Five unique sporting activities and events in Cape Town and the Western Cape
From rock climbing to MTB, Cape Town and the Western Cape is waiting.
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12 Jun 2017
Discover Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape
Oudtshoorn is so much more than caves and ostriches.
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7 Jun 2017
Mtb races in Cape Town and the Western Cape
Cycle your way through winter and into spring!
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21 May 2017
The cross cape cycle route
Explore the Western Cape by bicycle on this fantastic route.
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25 Apr 2017
Discover Albertinia
Albertinia – named after its first Dutch Reformed minister Johannes Rudolph Albertyn – is a somewhat unappreciated gem of a town found on the acclaimed Garden Route. Around a four ...
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10 Apr 2017
Road trips in Cape Town and the Western Cape
Hit the road and explore the Western Cape
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13 Mar 2017
Historical Sites in Cape Town and the Western Cape
Multiple cultures contribute to the province's rich history. Take your kids to see where we come from.
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16 Jan 2017
Hermanus Wine Route
The Walker Bay Wine District’s most important road, the Hemel-en-Aarde R320, aligns South Africa’s premium cool climate wine region. Carefully and sustainably managed vineyards, un...
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29 Jul 2016
Discover a taste of the Cape Karoo
Things to do for foodie families who love a magical culinary adventure!
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27 Jun 2016
Things to do for food lovers in the Cape West Coast
Feed the hunger for adventure, eat your way through a delicious destination.
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15 Jun 2016
Things to do for foodie families in the Cape Overberg
Did you know the Overberg literally means “over the mountain”, from where the road descends into the main apple-growing regions of Elgin and Grabouw.
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7 Jun 2016
Things to do in Cape Town for foodie families
From Cape Malay cooking classes to duck tours, canon firing and pizza & wine pairings - this city is the ultimate for families who LOVE food and fun!
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27 May 2016
Go on A taste journey through the Cape Winelands!
Grab the kids and taste the flavours of a region designed for foodies!
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11 May 2016
Discover why people live to ride in Cape Town.
Our city is designed for riders. It can be done at your own pace, it’s environmentally friendly, sociable and let's face it, there's nothing quite like free-wheeling down the coast...