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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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. 
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11 Aug 2021
The Cape Overberg
Nestled between the Cape Peninsula and the Garden Route, there is a gentleness about the Cape Overberg, an idyllic country feel that allows you to take a deep breath, release th...
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26 Jul 2021
Leave the city behind at AfriCamps, Robertson
Based on the foothills of the beautiful Pat Busch Mountain Reserve, just outside of Robertson, AfriCamps Robertson is the ideal getaway for nature lovers who aren’t looking to ‘...
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21 Jul 2021
Chasing Waterfalls: Kayaking in Wilderness
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19 Jul 2021
Garden Route Adventures
The Garden Route is filled with adventures and adrenalin-spiking activities! While there is plenty to explore, here are our top 7 exciting experiences in t...
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19 Jul 2021
Cape Overberg: Hidden Hiking Trails
The Overberg region provides multiple peaks to climb, swathes of pristine fynbos, coastal vegetation and ocean views which are bound to uplift the soul of any weary hiker.
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19 Jul 2021
A Cape Overberg Historical Amble
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19 Jul 2021
Hemel-en-Aarde Wine Route
‘Hemel-en-Aarde’ means ‘Heaven and Earth’ in Afrikaans. Lying just inland from Hermanus in the Overberg, is a beautiful, sinuous valley famed for its Pinot Noir an...
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14 Jun 2021
Matjiesfontein; the ghost town
It was a dark and spooky night, and the haunted hotel in the sparse desert welcomed a new quivering visitor. Join Raphaella as she dramatically recounts her damsel-in-...
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14 Jun 2021
Opening the Time-Capsule: Matjiesfontein
Join Raphaella as she takes you through her exploration of Matjiesfontein; unpacking a time-capsule of Queen Victoria's era in the Cape Karoo. 
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14 Jun 2021
Wine Estates of the Garden Route
The Garden Route is not traditionally associated with great wines, but that’s all changing fast. Read about a number of top-class estates producing wonderful wines here.
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11 Jun 2021
Cheetah Tracking on Foot: Roam Private Game Reserve
Elise takes us through her experience of cheetah tracking at Roam Private Game Reserve in the Cape Karoo. 
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10 Jun 2021
Great hikes of the Cape West Coast
The West Coast is one of the most diverse regions in the country, with each terrain connected through trails. Here are some of the top hikes to try.
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10 Jun 2021
Cederberg: North to South
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9 Jun 2021
Discover Wellington’s Wine Route
Read about the top 10 Wine Farms in Wellington! The region supplies the majority of South Africa’s vine cuttings, and although better known for its role in the pr...
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3 Jun 2021
Beaches of the Garden Route
The Garden Route has 17 Blue Flag beaches, more than any other region in South Africa. Discover this beautiful coast of the Western Cape. 
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3 Jun 2021
Exploring the Deep South: Cape Overberg
Justin Fox shares his journey along the Overberg and Garden Route coast, exploring a magical world of fishing hamlets, shipwrecks and hidden estuaries, ...
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3 Jun 2021
Hikes in the Garden Route
Reach new heights and gain a renewed perspective on the Garden Route by exploring the region through trails and hikes.
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5 May 2021
11 Sweet Spots in Cape Town
The sweet tooth's treasure map; a top collection of local bakeries, gelaterias, chocolatiers, and crêperies scattered across the Mother City.
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30 Mar 2021
Great Gardens of the Winelands
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29 Mar 2021
A Montagu Meander
Join Justin Fox on a meander through Montagu; seeing all the sites through his eyes while clocking-in your 10,000 steps!
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2 Mar 2021
A Stellenbosch Historical Amble
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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...