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Explore the West Coast Wine Route

Explore the West Coast Wine Route

Quaint and laid-back with an abundance of fauna and flora, when you venture to the West Coast wine route, you need to take in the entire, unique experience.

By Fresh Living

‘Pristine beaches, great seafood, generous storytellers, and, of course, first-class wine contribute to the relaxed atmosphere and the iconic nature of the West Coast.’

Along the diverse Cape West Coast, at any one time, you can be beside the sea, on top of a mountain and wading through fields of pretty daisies. It’s no wonder that exploring wine farms in this area doesn’t follow convention.

Many of the farms require appointments because the winemaker is crushing grapes the old-fashioned way – by foot! – harvesting grapes by moonlight or off on a mission to save the endangered flora and fauna of the region. Visitors are often surprised by the selection and quality of the wines and the plethora of activities and experiences the wine route offers.

Pristine beaches, great seafood, generous storytellers, and, of course, first-class wine contribute to the relaxed atmosphere and the iconic nature of the West Coast.

These are a few of its hidden wine gems.

Namaqua vineyards

Thousands of hectares of sprawling vineyards flow to the ocean’s edge, which is both picturesque and practical. The cool breeze from the Atlantic Ocean nurtures delicate Sauvignon Blanc and picky Pinot Noirs while Colombard and Chenin Blanc flourish on the moist valley floor, thanks to smart micro-irrigation techniques and careful canopy management.

Darling Cellars

In 2003, the Darling Cellars in the Western Cape was identified as a ‘Wine of Origin’ area by a scheme with the same name, confirming that the wines produced by the winery were true to their unique terroir, region and varietal. The cool, temperate West Coast climate is optimal for producing grapes, and it results in top-quality wines that suit every taste and pocket.

Cederberg Private Cellar

Nestled among spectacular rock formations and fynbos, you will find the highest altitude vineyards in the Cape. Unique to this winery is its commitment to conservation and practising biodiversity in wine production. Visitors to this area of the Cape Floral Kingdom can also hike, cycle, fly-fish and take in the stunning wildflower display in August and September when the flowers are at their best.

Fryer’s Cove

With vineyards a mere 500m from the cold Atlantic Ocean in Bamboes Bay, Fryer’s Cove wines have a distinct maritime flavour that embodies the robust, unfettered terroir. Their unique winery, based in Doring Bay, is set in an old crayfish factory perched on a jetty that juts into the ocean and claims to be the only winery built along the entire Atlantic Ocean. Their new wine range, aptly named Doring Bay, consists of a Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir Rosé and Shiraz and is now available at Pick n Pay.

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