Overberg wine region
The Overberg wine district spans the area east of Sir Lowry’s Pass and the Hottentots Holland Mountains, from Elgin to Theewaterskloof, Greyton and beyond, then south, skirting Walker Bay to the Klein River ward and Stanford, and east to where it shares a boundary with the district of Cape Agulhas.
The largest wine route in this region is the Elgin Valley Wine Route. One of the coolest wine-growing areas along SA’s south coast, this bountiful valley is developing a reputation for outstanding wines, characterised by mineral undertones and complemented by good natural acidity, displaying an elegance that has its origins in their uniquely coolterroir.
The Elgin Valley is situated on an inland plateau, surrounded by mountains, only 10km from the Atlantic Ocean. Vineyards benefit from high altitudes, cold winters with abundant rainfall, followed by cool southeasterly sea breezes in the summer. Ripening occurs slowly, resulting in wines of character.
PLACES TO EAT
- Elgin Grabouw Country Club;Off Worcester Road, Grabouw; Tel 021 859 3651; www.countryclub.co.za.
- The Venue at South Hill;South Hill Vineyards, 113 The Valley Road, Elgin; Tel 021 844 0033; www.southhill.co.za.
- Highlands Road, Highlands Road Estate, 75 Highlands Road, Elgin; Tel 071 271 0161; www.highlandsroadestate.co.za.
- Madre’s Kitchen;Robert Stanford, Estate, R43, Stanford; Tel 028 341 0647;www.madreskitchenstanford.co.za.
- Oak & Vigne;Dominee Botha Street, Greyton; Tel 028254 9037; www.oakandvigne.co.za.
- Ren√©essance; 110 Sarel Cilliers Street, Napier; Tel 028 423 3724.
PLACES TO STAY
Since the Overberg encapsulates so many wine areas there are a host of places to stay suiting any expectation and any pocket. For further information visit www.overbegwine.com or www.elginvalley.co.za.
WHAT ELSE TO DO
- Elgin Open Gardens hosts 20 gardens open over two weekends in the Elgin, Bot River and Vyeboom areas in October and November. Tel 021 844 0154; www.elginopengardens.co.za.
- Green Mountain Eco-Route As the world’s first biodiversity route, the Green Mountain Eco- Route (GMER) has colonised a niche, and stands in a league of its own in terms of the promotion of conservation. Situated in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the GMER is a biodiversity hotspot, the ideal setting in which to cultivate eco-tourism. It was founded on the collective vision of its members, promoting respect for conservation, while not negating commercial and social objectives. The express purpose of this route is to nurture the natural environment, while, at the same time, allowing for thesocial upliftment and sustainable development of the resident communities and businesses. Geographically, this circular-route spans a distance of approximately 75 kilometres around the Groenland Mountain and envelops the regions of: Bot River, Elgin, Grabouw, Houw Hoek, Villiersdorp and Vyeboom. Tel 083 229 4630; www.greenmountain.co.za.
- Paul Cluver Open Air Concerts These concerts are held in the farm’s amphitheatre during summer months. Tel 021 844 0605; www.cluver.com/amphitheatre.
- Other exciting activities include bike rides, bird watching, horse-riding, markets, nature discovery tours, quad-biking, river boat cruises, tractor rides and water-skiing.
Elgin Valley Tourism
Tel 021 848 9838, email@example.com,www.elginvalley.co.za.
Tel 028 341 0855www.overbergwine.com.
Elgin: Grabouw to Houwhoek
Stanford, Klein River
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