Worcester Wine and Olive Route
Worcester is part of the magnificent Cape Winelands and falls under the municipality of the Breede River Valley. It is the largest town of the area and is situated only an hour’s drive from Cape Town, which makes it fairly central as a holiday destination.
The area of Worcester has been producing wines for generations, and is nationally acclaimed for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Chenin Blanc, as well as the lesser known Columbar. In fact, the Worcester Wine Route contributes about one-fifth of the national vineyards and more than a quarter of the country’s total wine and spirits production, making it a major player in this industry.
Worcester is surrounded by impressive mountains (including Elandskloof, Du Toitskloof, Slanghoek and Little Drakenstein). These towering rocky peaks not only give the entire area an unmistakable beauty that remains a little mysterious, but also plays an important role in the climate and, therefore, the crops and wines that result.
The climate here is more extreme, as the mountains prevent many of the equalising factors from taking effect. Summers are hot and dry, and winters are cold, wet and can sometimes bring snow on the mountain peaks. Spring and autumn are temperate and pleasant perfect for wine tastings and outdoor lunches.