The West Coast is a beautiful region of land stretching from Cape Town’s northern suburbs all the way up to the border with the Northern Cape. Along the way, you’ll find a variety of landscapes, unspoiled coastal scenery, quaint fishing villages and historic destinations. Great news for wine lovers - this area is also rich wine-making country! While the Cape Winelands may receive a lot of attention, don’t miss out on the wonders of the West Coast!
The Western Cape is famous worldwide for its award-winning vineyards and wine estates. There are hundreds of cellars producing incredible vintages and bottling some of the best wine in the world. Better yet, they are all accessible from Cape Town! The West Coast Wine Routes are an exciting collection of famous names and boutique cellars.
With the crashing blue waves of the Atlantic Ocean to your left, follow the N7 northwards and get ready to discover the West Coast Wine Routes! Along the way, you’ll encounter towns that are ever-growing in popularity with visitors, such as Langebaan, Yzerfontein, Paternoster and Darling. There are a ton of hidden gems and off-the-beaten-track destinations to enjoy!
Did you know? Quite a few of these wonderful wine estates are accessible from our
Skilliepark Dwarskersbos property on the West Coast. It’s just under two from central Cape Town and promises an incredibly peaceful retreat on the West Coast! You’ll find more info below.
The best way to plan a West Coast Wine Route trip is to choose how far you’d like to travel, pick a few wineries you would like to visit and get moving! Depending on how far up the West Coast you want to go, the drive can take a few hours! Find accommodation, break up the trip with stops at a few wineries (be sure to have a designated driver) or plan a few day trips.
West Coast Wine Routes Guide:
There are several wine regions and routes found throughout the West Coast including Namaqua West Coast, Cederberg Mountains, Swartland (including Malmesbuy and the Riebeek Valley) and Darling. Each region offers unique wine experiences. We have listed them below along with useful info and a few winery recommendations for your next visit!
Namaqua - West Coast Wine Route
Namaqualand is rich with biodiversity, is close to the Atlantic Ocean and has the Olifants RIver flowing through the region. The sea breeze, sunshine and mild climate create fantastic wine growing conditions, this region boasts a number of big names in the wine world. Namaqua Wines is located in Vredendal and is one of the largest selling wine brands in South Africa - it has been going since 1947! Also in Vredendal you’ll find Teubes Family Wines. The Teubes family have been crafting award-winning wines since 1956 and the wine farm is a great spot to spend a leisurely afternoon wine tasting with friends and family! Klawer Cellars near the Olifants River Valley have an African Ruby Rooibos Vermouth that sounds like a real homegrown gem! More wine farms to check out in the area include Rosslo Wines, Seal Breeze and Lutzville Vineyards (to name just a few!).
Cederberg Mountains Wine Route
The Cederberg Mountains produce the highest altitude wine in the cape region. Travel here and you are guaranteed to be impressed by the scenery thanks to the unique mountainous location! Cederberg Private Cellar, located in Dwarsrivier in the Cederberg Mountains, produces awardwinning wines from high altitude vineyards. The remote destination offers a unique terroir and a cool climate. These delicious wines should definitely be added to your taste-list! Two more spots to visit include Tierhoek in Piekenierskloof and Piekenierskloof Wine Company in Citrusdal.
Swartland, Malmesbury and Riebeek Valley Wine Routes
We have grouped these three areas together as they lie in close proximity - however, each guarantees a unique taste of the West Coast! Here you’ll find bright yellow canola fields, fruit orchards, vineyards and wheatfields patchworked across the landscape. Swartland and surrounds offer beautiful wine, olives, food and art! A top stop to visit in Swartland is Org de Rac. It’s located just next to the N7, north from Malmesbury, and was one of the first wine farms in South Africa 100% committed to organic wine-farming! The aim is to produce quality wines as close to nature as possible. In Riebeek Kasteel and the surrounding valley beneath Kasteelberg (castle mountain) you can treat yourself to wine, olives and olive oils at Kloovenburg.
Allesverloren is a historic estate to visit with farming here dating back to the early 1700s!
Darling Wine Routes
Last on the list but certainly not least is the Darling region! Darling is a small town that delights visitors! It is well known for its flowers and for being home to famous cabaret venue Evita se Perron. It’s also home to a handful of excellent wine farms. The area is suited to producing fantastic wines that are down to earth and offer great value for money! Darling Cellars have a wide range of wines available and the grounds are lovely! Groote Post is a historic farm that has a game farm on the property and farm drives are available! Cloof Wine Estate may be best known for hosting the Rocking the Daisies music festival and you can enjoy tasting their award winning wine at the Cloof cellar door. Ormonde Private Cellars produce award-winning wines that reflect the unique terroir of the area. Visit and enjoy great wine, great food and a tranquil atmosphere!
It’s clear that the West Coast is a veritable smorgasbord of treats for wine enthusiasts! Have you picked your next few must-visit wine destinations yet? Select a few favourites from the list and start planning an unforgettable West Coast Wine Route adventure!