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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23 Feb 2015
Marine Big 5
The Marine Big 5, a highlight in the Cape Overberg!
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23 Feb 2015
Featured Discoverer: Genevieve MCC
With a passion and determination to make unsurpassed quality Méthode Cap Classique, and to continue to do so each year, Melissa Nelsen has created Genevieve MCC from a small pocket...
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23 Feb 2015
Featured Discoverer: William Everson
A unique story into the process of a 'Garagiste' wine maker
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23 Feb 2015
Featured Discoverer: Fleur Van Eeden
World-famous Stunt Woman & Swellendam local
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23 Feb 2015
Extreme Garden Route & Klein Karoo
Extreme adventure in the Garden Route & Klein Karoo at its best
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23 Feb 2015
Five unforgettable experiences in the Elgin Valley
The Elgin Valley offers a great getaway and central base from which to explore the Cape Overberg.
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23 Feb 2015
Undiscovered hotspots in the Garden Route & Klein Karoo
Some of the best kept secrets in the Garden Route & Klein Karoo
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20 Feb 2015
Featured Discoverer Theodore Yach
He’s one of South Africa’s most accomplished ultra cold-water swimmers, has done the Robben Island
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8 Jan 2015
Tsitsikamma Treetop Canopy Tour
Travel through an indigenous rainforest
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5 Jan 2015
Cape karoo lamb
When you dine in the Cape Karoo you get the feeling you’re back at your grandmother’s house and you also get the feeling that a lot of feeling is put into each and every dish.
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31 Dec 2014
The post office tree
In today’s digital age, we rarely send a letter. It’s sad to think that this romantic, personal, tradition has been somewhat lost amongst the email, whatsapp and Skype messages.
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31 Dec 2014
Plettenberg bay
The Plett wine industry started 14 years ago when Peter Thorpe planted the first vineyard.Discover trails and tails of bubbles, wine and slackpacking in plett
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31 Dec 2014
Ghost stories in the Cape Karoo
Cards that shuffle and stairs that squeak, an unmarked grave on a mountain and toll-keeper who demands his toll, these are the ghosts of the Cape Karoo.
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31 Dec 2014
Desert mermaid
Stretch your imagination and consider the idea of a Watersnake reeling its way through the rivers into parts of the Cape Karoo and Kalahari.
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31 Dec 2014
Louis leipoldt
Leipoldt was an important Afrikaans writer and poet, a medical doctor, a botanical explorer and a cook.
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31 Dec 2014
Stanford open air market
Stanford is the place to be every last Friday of the month
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31 Dec 2014
Elgin valley wine route
Elgin is proof that all good things require a little patience. This is a place where nobody is in a hurry, no deadlines, no ‘needs to be done yesterdays’, where grapes are left in ...
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31 Dec 2014
Breede river by pontoon
Have you ever heard of a pontoon? No?
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31 Dec 2014
Ryan Sandes
Ultra trail runner, extreme sportsman and born and bred Capetonian, Ryan Sandes is the ultimate Discoverer and this is his inspiring story.
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31 Dec 2014
Arts & Theatre
O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Theatrical stories make us access an emotional journey, they give us a type of catharsis and move us to tears, move us to laugh and move u...
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30 Dec 2014
Springbok experience rugby museum
“You have to live in South Africa to understand how people respond to rugby,” said John Smit, the Springbok’s World Cup-winning captain on his way to more than a century of appeara...