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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18 Sep 2020
Culture and Heritage | Cape Karoo
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3 Sep 2020
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1 Sep 2020
Kids Stay Free Collateral
Download the Kids Stay Free collateral for all participating accommodation providers here.
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20 Aug 2020
We're Open - West Coast (Weskus)
Take a look at some of the incredible specials waiting for you in the Cape West Coast (Weskus). 
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19 Aug 2020
We're Open
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13 Aug 2020
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8 Aug 2020
4 Wild cats found in the Western Cape
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Meet the Beer Merchant
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30 Jul 2020
Cape Cycle Routes
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15 Jul 2020
Western Cape nature reserves open for day trips
Take a look at all the nature reserves currently open for day visitors during Lockdown Level 3 in the Western Cape.
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14 Jul 2020
Best of Wine Tourism Awards 2021
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23 Jun 2020
Chasing Lines
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13 May 2020
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18 Apr 2020
Connected by Trail
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3 Mar 2020
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7 Feb 2020
World Class events in the Western Cape
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