Inspired by Route 66 in the USA, Route 62 was created to appeal to open-minded travellers with a yen for unusual experiences. So when the urge to follow the road less-travelled overtakes you, motor east from Cape Town, exit off the N2 highway and onto the R62 Wine Route.

Did you know?

Joubert-Tradauw Private Cellar makes the only R62-trademarked wine on the R62 Wine Route.

The R62 Wine Route runs concurrently with the Cape Route 62, a ‘tourist’ route, which follows the less-travelled, shorter and vastly more scenic regional R62 road from Cape Town, through the Klein Karoo and the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth.

This, off the beaten track wine route on Route 62, is often missed by motorists tearing along the N2. Whereas the fortunate few who take the time to explore its length discover a feast of culture, hospitality, food, and a variety of wine styles.

Billed as the longest wine route in the Western Cape, the Route 62 Wine Route encompasses Wellington, Tulbagh, Worcester, Robertson and the Klein Karoo. Wine lovers can visit up to 70 wine farms, of which 11 are specialist brandy cellars, and comprise the R62 Brandy Route – an adventure on its own!

Of special interest along the wine route is Calitzdorp, the port-making capital of the country. Though EU export legislation prohibits South African port producers from naming their product as such, the master blenders in Calitzdorp make their versions of Vinho do Porto, called Cape Tawny, Cape Vintage and Cape Ruby, that will rival anything produced in the Douro region.

In the fertile Tradouw Valley, you’ll find fruit orchards, Khoisan descendants and the country’s smallest wine district. Barrydale Wine and Brandy Cellar produces world-beating pot still brandies, and Joubert-Tradauw Private Cellar creates fine Chardonnay and Syrah.

Unique spirits are par for the course on this unconventional wine route. Grundheim Wines in the Klein Karoo makes witblitz (a white brandy spirit), potent enough to keep you and your car tanked, as well as interesting cream-based liqueurs which the locals refer to as melkskommel met skop (milkshake with a kick).

At Kango Co-op cellar, sip their Jerepigo, a robust dessert wine made from red grapes, or sooth your digestion with a snifter of their honey or herbal buchu brandy.

The Route 62 Wine Route is ideal for travellers who like to take their time, travel at leisure, and get to know the country and the people en-route. Offering excellent value for money and unusual wines, quirky characters, unstinting hospitality, and hearty regional cuisine, what more could an adventurous wine lover ask for?

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