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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3 Oct 2018
Epic ways to explore the Cape Winelands
If you’re looking for extraordinary ways of getting around the Cape Winelands, read on.
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15 Aug 2018
Discover the tastes of the Western Cape
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 int...
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14 Aug 2018
Family-friendly wine farms in the Western Cape
Parents, we feel you. You're longing for a relaxing day out, sipping on crisp cultivars, surrounded by rolling vineyards and enjoying a delicious meal at a wine estate.
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7 Aug 2018
Faine Pearl Loubser
Conservationist, film-maker, free-diver and free spirit, Faine Pearl Loubser spends most of her time exploring the depths of the oceans around the Western Cape, discovering the nat...
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7 Aug 2018
Discover wild flowers on the Weskus
Every year in August and September, the Cape West Coast (Weskus) is covered in a blanket of wild flowers, drawing thousands of visitors from across the country and beyond.
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25 Jun 2018
Family-friendly experiences in the Western Cape
The Western Cape is a perfect destination for families wanting to explore. From wide-open space and exotic animals to land and sea safaris, there is plenty to keep you and your lov...
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15 Jun 2018
Five things to do on Youth Day
This weekend we celebrate the youth of South Africa. Here are five events to attend.
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12 Jun 2018
GUIDE | Beers & Breweries
There’s no doubt that craft beer is well-loved in Cape Town and the Western Cape. With locals, and visitors to the region, queuing up to sample the latest brews, a vast and ever...
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12 Jun 2018
Gin Guide to the Western Cape
The Western Cape is well known for being wine country. But over the past few years, the region has quickly become a power player in the gin stakes, with a number of local distiller...
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19 Dec 2017
Franschhoek – more than wine!
Franschhoek is one of the most charming towns in the Cape Winelands, known for world class wine farms, gourmet food and behind the scenes cellar tours, but we’ve got news for you, ...
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12 Dec 2017
Cultural Experiences in the Western Cape
The Western Cape is a hugely diverse province with a melting pot of cultures and heritage, all of which have had an impact on the landscape. Take a look at just some of the incredi...
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5 Dec 2017
Adventure in the Weskus
The Weskus is a region that boasts both culture and heritage AND adventure in spades! Here are five adventure experiences for all you adrenaline junkies out there!
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4 Dec 2017
Adventure experiences in the Western Cape
The Western Cape is home to some of the greatest adventure experiences in the country. From bouldering to biking, the province has it all to offer.
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1 Dec 2017
Your summer guide to the Western Cape
Summer is in full swing in Cape Town and the Western Cape. As you prepare to enjoy the summer months in our part of the world, have a look below to ensure you maximise your time wi...
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23 Nov 2017
Discover the undiscovered wine routes in Cape Town and the Western Cape
The wine routes of South Africa are mostly found within the Western Cape where the bulk of the country’s wine production takes place. The wine routes includes world class wine esta...
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22 Nov 2017
You West Coast (Weskus) Bucket List
If you're planning on visiting Weskus, make sure you take a look at our bucket list for the region!
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20 Oct 2017
Five things you HAVE to do in Hermanus
Just 90-minutes outside of Cape Town lies the idyllic coastal town of Hermanus.
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6 Oct 2017
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The Ultra Trail Cape Town is a beast of an event. Consisting of three races - 100km, 65km and 35km - it is also an epic one.
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6 Oct 2017
Cape Town beaches land blue flag status
No less than 10 beaches in Cape Town have been awarded Blue Flag status for the summer season.
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4 Oct 2017
Five things to do in Swellendam
One of the oldest towns in South Africa, Swellendam is the perfect place to unwind for a couple of days.
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29 Sep 2017
Your Cape Overberg Bucket List
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20 Sep 2017
Five things you HAVE to do in the Elgin Valley
The Elgin Valley is quickly becoming known for its natural beauty, an epic mix of lush, forest trails and rugged mountain rock, and beautiful vineyards and apple orchards. Both a h...
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12 Sep 2017
Discover Gansbaai in the Western Cape
You won’t find many towns as unassuming as Gansbaai. Just over two hours from Cape Town, and just 30 minutes from Hermanus, this Overberg town has a lot more on offer than the Grea...
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6 Sep 2017
Family friendly options on the Cape West Coast
The Cape West Coast (Weskus) is easily one the of the most underrated regions in the Western Cape – and the country – with a huge amount of diverse experiences to enjoy, ranging fr...