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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26 Jan 2023
Cape Town and the Western Cape - A unique wine destination
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25 Jan 2023
Ntsiki Biyela – an iconic South African winemaker
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20 Jan 2023
The Ultimate Adventure Guide to The Overberg
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19 Jan 2023
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11 Jan 2023
9 Must-Visit Wine Farms in Plettenberg Bay
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2 Dec 2022
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Explore the Western Cape through your tastebuds as you hop between the regions, trying the incredible local produce and flavors. 
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24 Nov 2022
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4 Oct 2022
Hessequa Heritage Centre for Archaeology
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8 Jun 2022
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23 May 2022
GET CREATIVE | Cape Town Crafts
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21 May 2022
Visit the Western Cape in Winter
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20 May 2022
6 Winter Getaways in the Western Cape
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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
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9 May 2022
Whale-watching in the Western Cape
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9 May 2022
Whisky in the Western Cape
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29 Apr 2022
Surf the Garden Route!
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24 Apr 2022
ITINERARY | Cradle of Human Culture
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