Plettenberg Bay Wine Route
South Africa's smallest wine region, the Plettenberg Bay Winelands' farms are owner-run and there are 8 open to the public. You can experience their tasting rooms, restaurants, wine cellar and viticulture tours. They produce a variety of cultivars - Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir - while their award winning Méthod Cap Classique varieties are turning this area into a premier bubbly experience.
Indigenous forest, mountains and a temperate coastline, plus the annual Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival over Easter holidays, add year-round fizz to visit this premier Garden Route destination.
Plettenberg Bay, the "Riviera of South Africa", has been called by many names over the past 500 years.
Plettenberg Bay offers tourists a diverse range of activities; including Robberg Nature Reserve, animal sanctuaries and rehabilitation centres, five Blue Flag beaches, ocean and land safaris as well as bird watching.
It is also home to most of the adventure activities located along the Garden Route including sky diving, bungee jumping, sea kayaking, surfing, scuba diving, hiking, mountain biking and much, much more. The area has launched cultural tours, has beautiful boutique shops, several spas and opportunity to experience the Plett Winelands on a guided tour by bus, horseback, MTB, in a horse-drawn carriage or by foot.
Plettenberg Bay is South Africa’s smallest wine-growing region, with only 58 hectares of the 100 000 hectares planted countrywide. It is small, young, exciting and thriving.
This wine region is the country’s most easterly wine route. Plett’s first vineyard, Bramon, was born in 2000, and today there are 16 well-established vineyards on this picturesque strip of the Garden Route
In late November 2013 the local wine estate owners endorsed a Plett Tourism plan to develop an exclusive wine and bubbly-centred experience, stretching from Harkerville to the Crags. The route, officially launched in 2014, now includes 16 wine farms and estates. The wine route members produce around 80 000 bottles per annum, and they assist other wine farms to produce another 100 000 bottles per annum.
The area is well-known for its award-winning Method Cap Classique (MCC) wines and other cooler-climate cultivars; including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Wine experiences also include tasting rooms, cellar tours, restaurants and vineyard tours.
Plettenberg Bay will keep you busy with many interesting things to do; including Robberg Nature Reserve, animal sanctuaries and rehabilitation centres, five Blue Flag beaches, ocean and land safaris as well as bird watching. It is also home to most of the adventure activities located along the Garden Route including sky diving, bungee jumping, sea kayaking, surfing, scuba diving, hiking, mountain biking and much, much more. The area has also launched cultural tours, has beautiful boutique shops, several spas and opportunity to experience the Plett Winelands on a guided tour by bus, horseback, MTB, in a horse-drawn carriage or by foot.
- Horse riding, animal sanctuaries, hiking, cycling, boat tours and cultural tours
- Various animal sanctuaries, parks and reserves
- Whale and dolphin watching
- Hiking, mountain biking and game viewing
- Kayaking, surfing, diving, snorkelling and skydiving
- Treetop canopy tours, forest tours and bungee jumping
Enjoy more than 30 local wine cultivars during the Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival. Plett Summer is always buzzing with activities from December to January. Plett Adventure showcases all there is to do in and around Plettenberg Bay over the Easter Holidays and the Plett Arts Festival will warm your winter soul with a line-up of arts, drama, food, wine and cultural events during the month of July. The Plett Winelands is buzzing with wine farm evets throughout the year with a series of #vinefest events.
From Vine to Glass: South African Wine & Traceability
In the Middle Ages wax seals were used to authenticate documents. South Africa’s own sustainability wine seal does a similar job. The seal guarantees that the information on the bottle label about the variety, vintage and origin of the wine is accurate and that the wine has been grown and made in an environmentally friendly way. To date, South Africa is the only country in the world with such an all-encompassing guarantee.
Amazing Glamping Getaways in the Winelands
If you love being immersed in nature, but still enjoy those small luxuries (like fresh linen and your own loo), glamping is the perfect solution. Don’t worry about pitching tents, setting up a mobile kitchen or dragging along your toolbox with outdoor gadgets – it’s been taken care of.
You can just rock up, start the braai, pour a glass of wine and relax at any of these glamorous camping spots in South Africa’s winelands.