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.
What’s on in the Winelands in May?
If you’re looking ahead to plan some fun things to do in the Winelands to make the most of the mild autumn weather, check out this list of upcoming events.
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.