Tulbagh Wine Route
A scenic 90-minute drive from Cape Town, the rural village of Tulbagh nestles in a serene valley surrounded by magnificent mountains. The Tulbagh Wine Route is dotted with graceful old estates that have been home to generations of the same families, interspersed with new vineyards and state-of-the-art cellars belonging to more recent micro-producers and boutique wineries.
One of the attractions of Tulbagh is Church Street with its 32 provincial monuments that transport visitors back in time.
The charming historical town of Tulbagh is in the winelands of the Boland in the Western Cape Province, South Africa.
Tulbagh offers various restaurants with menus from traditional Cape Dutch cuisine, continental cuisine, to pastas and pizza.
Visitors to Tulbagh can explore the valley on horseback, or try the ziplines in the nearby town of Ceres.
Tulbagh’s wine route boasts several gracious family-owned estates, dating back many generations to the commencement of winemaking in the Cape, and which are institutions in the wine industry.
These are interspersed with state-of-the-art contemporary cellars, as well as a handful of boutique wineries. The accolades earned by the winemakers in the valley bear testimony to Tulbagh’s fine terroir and superior viticulture.
Any visit to Tulbagh should start in the historic Church Street, with its museum and restaurants, and a visit to the old Hart en Haard shop at Readers Restaurant is a must.
Outdoor activities: horse riding, hiking trails, mountain biking and waterfall hiking trails
Visit the historic Tulbagh townhouses: De Oude Kerk, Moniki Chocolates, Oakhurst Olives, Crystal Cave and Saronsberg Theatre
A visit to the famous Moniki Chocolates
Paragliding and ziplining
Take a walk through the art and craft galleries
The Tulbagh Vintage Vine Faire in May should banish winter blues, as does the quirky Christmas in Winter festival put on by the town each year. Also make a note of the Spring Arts Festival, scheduled for September.
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.
Celebrate Pinotage - our home grown grape varietal!
If you come to South Africa, you should certainly celebrate your visit with a glass of Pinotage, our very own wine, “born” in South Africa over 80 years ago.
Pinotage was developed by Abraham Perold, the first Professor of Viticulture at Stellenbosch University.
Let us help you pick a wine estate or event to celebrate Pinotage Day at on Saturday, 10 October 2020!