Also known as the longest Wine Route in the world. Route 62 leads through the wine-growing areas of Wellington, Tulbagh, Worcester, Robertson and the Klein Karoo. There are few drives as iconic and storied as Route 62. The route has been named among the world’s best road trips and is a feast for the eyes, the soul and, of course, the belly. No trip down this stretch of road can be considered complete without a visit to attractions like the Cango Caves and Diesel & Crème, the latter making possibly the most decadent milkshakes on the planet while the former is one of the world’s great natural wonders. Forget Route 66, you need to head down to the Western Cape and discover why Route 62 is number one.
Here are the wine routes to discover along your road trip, with some of the top activities and attractions that you can find on – or just a little off – Route 62.
The Paarl Wine Route, renowned for its rich, full-bodied, spicy red and crisp white wines, is the second oldest in the country. The area is best known for the quality of its Shiraz, the climate in particular favouring this variety. Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinotage, Viognier and Mourvedre are increasingly well regarded.
Must-do activity on this wine route: Quad-biking and horse-riding adventures at Rheebokskloof Wines
World-renowned wines are cultivated in the Cape Winelands, at the heart of which lies Wellington that boasts some of the best wine-producers in South Africa. Apart from award-winning wines, the region also boasts, brandy, whisky and gin producers. Proclaimed “Top Wine Area” at the exclusive 2010 and 2016 South African Terroir Awards, Wellington wines and spirits continue to garner awards in prestigious competitions, both nationally and internationally.
Must-do activity on this wine route: Wellington Wine Walk
Breedekloof Wine Valley
The lesser-explored Breedekloof, a valley of slow-ripening vines, is home to farming families with a long tradition, some reaching back over three centuries. This wine hamlet, situated just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town, offers expansive and dramatic mountain views, as well as a range of activities that cater to all tastes, whether it’s a thirst for the outdoors, or for something a bit more literal in the form of wine, craft gin or craft beer.
Must-do activity on this wine route: Ceres Zip Slide Tours in Ceres
In the heart of the breath-taking Breëde River Valley, you will discover the Worcester Wine and Olive route. The route has twelve award winning wine cellars and two world class Olive Estates. The wine valley offers an unforgettable experience for anyone who is either a novice or the connoisseur.
Must-do activity on this wine route: Garden Tour at Bosjes Estate in Worcestor
Robertson Wine Valley
Satisfy your wanderlust to explore the country life on Route 62. Be captivated by the producers’ rich history that led to this valley’s authenticity and quality. Celebrate Chardonnay, Cabernet and Cap Classique from the region. Discover the stories behind the bottle and come taste the lifestyle.
Must-do activity on this wine route: River Cruises & Picnics at Viljoensdrift Fine Wines in Robertson
The Klein Karoo Wine Route in the Southern Cape of South Africa is arguably the most diverse of South Africa’s wine regions. It is the easternmost wine producing region in the country, stretching along the Cape Route 62 from Montagu in the west to the Outeniqua in the east. The Klein Karoo is situated between spectacular mountain ranges, and its vines are mostly grown on the high slopes in the fertile alluvial soil along the riverbanks. The climate is generally drier than that of the other wine regions, resulting in healthy vineyards which are grown organically to a large extent.
Must-do activity on this wine route: Free-roaming cheetah experience at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, in Oudtshoorn
For more on the Wine Routes of the Western Cape visit www.visitwinelands.co.za
For more on Route 62 visit https://route62.co.za
Photo credit: Bosjes