The Longest Wine Route in the World

Updated: Oct 21, 2020

Many South African wine enthusiasts will now that we have, what is today regarded, as the longest wine route in the world. Route 62, which extends for 850 km, is regarded as the world’s longest wine route. It stretches from Constantia in Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. If you are heading in that direction, you could make your trip more exciting by visiting some of these uniquely south African vineyards and wineries on your way. From charming towns to green mountains, rolling vineyards and a taste of the world’s best wine will make your South African wine adventure a memorable one. 

Steenberg Hotel and vineyard - Constantia, Cape Town

One of the finest places to stop over as you prepare for your journey ahead is the Steenberg hotel. This historic hotel with a vineyard is located in the Constantia region near Cape Town. It was built in 1682 with the Cape Dutch style. Originally, Steenberg was a farm. This was during the ship refuelling station days in Cape Town. Today, it is amongst the more highly regarded vineyards in the region.  

Graham Beck Steenberg Hotel champagne bar 

Graham Beck, a wine legend, bought Steenberg Hotel as he expanded his winery business. A recent addition to his properties is the champagne bar. If you haven’t tasted champagne, then visiting this bar will offer you the opportunity to do so. It is as exciting as it sounds. Graham Beck Zero is one of the brands that will never disappoint you. So if you find it on the shelves, ensure to pick a few bottles.

Once you have explored everything you find at Steenberg, you can leave Constantia for Route 62. Some of the exciting things you will enjoy seeing include a wide range of wine varieties, endless vineyards, and rugged mountain peaks. Route 62 is situated in a big-time wine generating area. 

There are so many vineyards such that you need to pick those to visit because you can’t exhaust all in a day or two. Delaire Graff Estate is one of the best places to make a stopover. The region is famous for producing the Savignon Blanc wine brand. The Coastal Cuvee is definitely amazing. You will get to enjoy every sip in cozy modern lounges in the area.

Fine wine, fine horses, and wonderful food at Avontuur wine estate near Stellenbosch

Avontuur wine estate delivers not only fine wines but amazing views, fast horses and is nestled against the Helderberg between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. Wine Stop at Avontuur for a wine tasting & farm tour will make you fall in love with the Stellenbosch region. Here you can explore picturesque vineyards and then taste delicious wines paired with food.

The Spookfontein wine estate in the Hemel and Aarde Valley

From Avontuur in Stellenbosch we would certainly recommend that your next stop is at Spookfontein wine estate in the Hemel and Aarde Valley. This is a boutique wine farm – neighbouring the coastal town and whale watching capital of Hermanus. Probably only about an hour's drive from Stellenbosch, this farm is well worth the visit. The farmhouse and restaurant is built out of natural stone from the local surrounds and located at the foot of a mountain, you will find Spookfontein Restaurant and Winery, overlooking the picturesque Upper Hemel-en-Aarde valley.

Rietvallei wine farm in the Robertson Wine Valley

From Avontuur we move on to Rietvallei wine farm in the Robertson Wine Valley. This farm counts among South Africa’s oldest family-owned wine estates and was one of the first wine farms of the Robertson Wine Valley. If you have never visited the Robertson Wine Valley then this will be a real treat. The farm was bought in 1864 by Alewyn Burger for his son Jacobus Francois. It was Koos Burger who, at the age of 70, planted a Muscadel vineyard on the farm in 1908, today the oldest of its kind in the country. Visit Rietvallei for outstanding wine paired with wonderful food and picturesque landscape which you will want to share with friends and family alike.

 Boschendal – Must-See Vineyard in Franschhoek region

When you get to the Franschhoek region, a must-see vineyard is Boschendal. Although most original farmhouses remain intact, Boschendal will offer you the best treatment. This is the place to relax as you enjoy sweeter wines, including Le Bouquet. 

Deetlefs Wine Estate – The second oldest wine estate in South Africa under the ownership of the same family is a must-visit.

One of the big attractions on the Route 66 wine route is the Deetlefs family wine estate. This beautiful wine farm is situated in the picturesque Breede River Valley ( Rawsonville) is the 2nd oldest wine estate in South Africa under the ownership of the same family. Offering both spectacular wine, views, and food, this is a farm you will not quickly forget.

Jakkalsvlei Wine estate on the Garden route

Your next stop will be the highly recommended Jakkalsvlei Wine estate on the Garden route, Offers superb mountain-grown wines of rare depth and elegance. In this most picturesque part of South Africa, you can enjoy your wine against the backdrop of the awe-inspiring Langeberg mountains. The Jakkalsvlei Private Cellar is a rare find and one we just had to include on the wine tour of a lifetime. Jakkalsvlei is an award-winning wine farm with rich north and south-facing vineyards, producing a note-worthy harvest of sublime grapes. The farm has collected many accolades over the years and we are excited to bring you some of their best wines.

This wine route has so much to offer that I would recommend a few days or perhaps a long weekend. You can make the most out of your trip by visiting the places mentioned here.

At the moment many of us are preferring to buy wine online at present, and many of the wine farms discussed above are now available on the SA Wine Sales website, when things get back to normal this road trip is certainly highly recommended, If you are a fan of both wine and road trips, Route 62 is the perfect place to experience both at the same time.

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