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.
What's new in the Winelands in June?
There have been numerous exciting new developments across South Africa’s winelands, with fresh occasions awaiting wine-lovers looking for new experiences.
What follows is but a small selection to kick-start your visit to vineyards and wineries of the Cape and beyond this June.
The Journey of a Grape
The journey from vine to glass is a matter of science and circumstance. There are a wide number of species of vines which bears a variety of grapes, known as varietals. Each varietal, affected by soil type, climate, wind, farming practices and other factors produces various characteristics.
Tshepang Molisana shares the journey of a grape from vine to wine glass with us.