Did you know?
Worcester made history by becoming the first wine producer to bottle wines with Braille labels.
The Worcester Wine Route lies at the heart of the Breede River Valley appellation, and no matter what the season, it is always breathtakingly beautiful here.
Guarded by the Matroosberg, and the Hex River Mountains, the Worcester wine district comprises the wards of Aan-de-Doorns, Hex River Valley, Nuy and Scherpenheuwel.
Hot and dry, with low annual rainfall, Worcester’s winelands are traditionally planted in the fertile flood plains of the Breede River.
In conjunction with the Breedekloof district, the wine route in Worcester is the largest grape producing region in the Western Cape in terms of wine growing area and volume.
It accounts for nearly 20% of the national vineyards and produces close on 27% of South Africa's total volume of wine and spirits. Over 50 per cent of the country’s export table grapes, mainly Barlinka, are produced here.
It's also the Cape’s most prolific brandy producing region and home to the KWV Brandy Cellar, the largest of its kind in the world. Book a tour or tasting and purchase their award-winning brandies.
If understanding how grapes go from vine to table (or bottle) appeals to you, visit one of the family-run vineyards and try grape picking or stomping (treading); visit packing sheds and take a cellar tour. Fruit, olive and dairy farm tours are also available.
The wine industry in Worcester comprises mostly cooperatives, and is known for its everyday affordable reds, whites and fortified wines. Ten estates on the route are open for tasting.
However, Worcester is driven by export and wholesale trade, so often only small amounts of selected bottled wine are sold from the estates.
On your way back to Cape Town, stop at the Olof Bergh Cellar in Rawsonville – one of two brandy cellars in South Africa that use the Solera method of maturation and blending.