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There are more than a dozen wine-growing areas in Cape Town. Central areas are Constantia, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, in the east Robertson, the Breedekloof near Worcester, and the north-west and near-Swartland.
In the main cultivation areas of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, a good is pushed to the other, partly large and well-known names, partly small and hidden, then mostly family farms with only a few hectares of cultivation area, where at the same time excellent wines are produced.
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Breedekloof and Robertson also produce top wines, some of which are very large, whose wines are cheaper, as are the accommodation and wine tasting. As a “Wineland” one generally refers to the area from Paarl to the Franschhoek Pass with the places Wellington, Paarl, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Somerset West and all villages in between.
50 to 80 kilometers north of Cape Town are located in the West Coast region and partly in the Atlantic Ocean, some wine areas. Here heavy red wines thrive, for example the variety “Shiraz”. Another important cultivation area is located in the Overberg region.
The “Route 62” is called “the longest wine road in the world”. The road runs from Montagu in Little Karoo via Barrydale and Ladysmith to Calitzdorp and ends in Oudtshoorn. Calitzdorp is one of the easternmost wine villages in the Cape region and is known for its port wines. Also here on Route 62 there are some wineries, where you can buy good wine or stay in the hotel guesthouse. And even on the Garden Route, just before the Eastern Cape begins, you can still sit between vineyards and luncheon. Of course, the “mother” of all the wineries in South Africa, Constantia on the Cape Peninsula, must not be forgotten. Today the original estate is divided into different goods
Overberg (“over the mountain”, the area south of the N2 between Somerset West and Swellendam) is still a young wine country. The pioneer was Tim Hamilton Russell, who bought 170 hectares of undeveloped land in 1975 and laid the foundation for the southernmost vineyard in Africa – the Hamilton Russell Vineyards on the Walker Bay near Hermanus. More wineries followed so that the Overberg region has already had many excellent plants in the relatively short time since its beginnings.
Today, one of the best Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs is cultivated here – favored by the cool climate. Wines from colder regions such as Riesling and Gewurztraminer can also be found here.
The Overberg Wine Route stretches from Elgin on the N2 in the west to Agulhas at the extreme southern tip of Africa. Also some tourist attractions are in the Overberg area: on the one hand the fantastic coast road R44 between Gordon’s Bay and Hangklip / Kleinmond, and on the other hand, Hermanus, a well-known holiday resort in the Western Cape.
From here you can also observe the best whales, which visit the warm coasts between June and December, to give birth to their young. The third attraction is Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of Africa, where the Atlantic and Indian Ocean meet.
Witsand is truely the home of the Southern Right Whale in Southern Africa. This peaceful coastal town is surrounded by two natural beauties, the Breede River estuary and the Indian Ocean. The St Sebastian Bay houses the single largest winter migration population of Southern Right Whales. These gentle giants may either be viewed from the coast line at very close proximity or through a local boat based whale watching operator.
Witsand/Port Beaufort is situated 300km from Cape Town along the Garden Route. The central feature of the Malgas/Witsand area is the magnificent Breede River. It is one of the largest, most navigable rivers in South Africa and is rich in diverse species of fish and bird life. The Breede River is recognised as one of the best fishing estuaries in the country with tidal action that reaches 60 km upstream. The river is also ideally suited to a range of water sports Witsand is ideally situated for exploring the surroundings within 200km.
Witsand offers a 4km long unspoilt beach, leading to the well-known Moodie’s Well. It has a clean, white beach (hence Whitesands) with safe swimming spots for days in the sun. Parents with smaller children also prefer the calm swimming spots along the river.
Whales Each year these majestic mammals come to our shores between June and late November to mate and calf. Witsand enjoys the lions share of this visit due to the bay being the prime nursery for cow/calf pairs. Hike the Whale Trail, a 54 km trail renowned for its diverse fynbos vegetation, magnificent dunes and whale watching opportunities. On the trial you will experience breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and Breede River Valley.
Fishing Estuary fishing in the Breede River is recognised as the best in SA. The Breede River mouth is regarded as one of South Africa’s top fishing locations. The upper reaches of the river are renowned for its bass, while the lower reaches are a Cob fisherman’s paradise – Cob exceeding 50kg in weight are regularly caught in the river. The rock angler will also have good catches along the coastline. Please note that catch and release is strongly encouraged.
De Hoop Nature and Marine Reserve is a popular destination for people and whales alike. The reserve hosts 3 000 ha of unspoilt Cape fynbos and a marine protected area which is home to an abundance of marine organisms. De Hoop is home to the endangered and rare Cape mountain zebras and Cape vultures, the bontebok, the De Hoop vlei and the best whale watching between July and November. De Hoop’s rich diversity of wildlife, plants and culture makes it a unique experience to visitors
De Mond Nature Reserve lies at the mouth of the Heuningnes River. The 954 ha reserve is managed as a satellite of the De Hoop Nature Reserve. It supports several species of small animals and has a rich and varied birdlife, making it ideal for birdwatching. The reserve is particularly important for the protection of breeding colonies of the threatened Damara and Caspian terns (South Africa’s most endangered coastal bird) and the rare African black oystercatcher, (South Africa’s second most threatened coastal bird).
Beautiful mountain trails at Swellendam, Groot Vadersbosch and Riversdale is a fantastic one-day outing and the almost unknown Hamlet of Puntjie at the mouth of the Duivenhoks River, is only a 30 minute drive from Witsand.