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Helderberg Wine Route, Western Cape

Helderberg Wine Route, Western CapeAlthough the Helderberg Wine Route is often called the Stellenbosch South Wine Route, it is actually centred around the town of Somerset West or on the R44 highway between the two towns. The Helderberg defines the area in which Somerset West, Strand and Gordon’s Bay are situated.

The Helderberg Mountains make their presence felt on all of the wine estates on this route. The scenery and the terroirs are very similar to those found in the Stellenbosch area and some of South Africa’s best known and oldest estates can be found here. The early settlers in Cape Town in the 17th century quickly discovered that this area, with the towering mountains and fertile valleys, was ideal for growing top quality grapes.

The settings of all of the estates we have chosen are truly magnificent. Apart from wine tasting and dining there are numerous activities such as hiking, horse riding, strolling through the beautiful gardens or perfectly restored Cape Dutch manor houses and touring state of the art cellars and vineyards.

Vergelegen Wine Estate, situated at the foot of the majestic Helderberg Mountains in the town of Somerset West in the Western Cape, is one of the most spectacular and historical wine estates in South Africa. The farm was established by the governor of the Cape, Willem Adriaan van der Stel, in the late 17th century. Read more …
Lourensford Wine Estate formed part of the Vergelegen farm which was established by Willem Adriaan van der Stel in the 17th century. Lourensford is steeped in history going way back to 1700 when it was separated from Vergelegen. Situated at the foot of the Helderberg Mountains, it is arguably one of the most beautiful wine estates in the world. Read more …
Waterkloof Wine Estate is situated in a truly spectacular setting near Somerset West overlooking False Bay and the Helderberg Basin. The estate is owned by a hands-on dedicated “entrepreneur-cum-winemaker” and, in keeping with the inspiring environment, the philosophy is to produce wines as naturally as possible. Read more …
Morgenster Wine Estate has a 300 year history as an off shoot of the original Vergelegen farm. It was purchased by the French Huguenot, Jacques Malan, whose son, Daniel, built the much praised manor house, recognized as a perfect example of Cape Dutch architecture of the time. Read more …
Avontuur Wine and Thoroughbred Estate is situated at the foot of the Helderberg Mountains right between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. In addition to producing award winning wines the estate is also a Thoroughbred race horse stud of note. Read more …

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