A wine-lover’s guide to the Overberg
When talking about the wine-producing regions of South Africa, the first names that spring to mind are no doubt Constantia, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. And with good reason – home to some of the country’s oldest and most established wine farms, these areas are practically synonymous with top quality wines and unforgettable tasting experiences.
The past few decades, however, has seen the development of exciting new wine routes in a range of regions that may once have seemed less than ideal for viticulture.
Case in point: the Overberg.
With the landscape ranging from soft undulating hills to windswept beaches, this southern part of the Western Cape has always been associated more with sheep farming and whale-watching, than wine-growing and -tasting.
And yet, the cooler climate and various terroirs of the Overberg region has proved itself to be highly favourable in the production of superb award-winning wines.
Along with this, has come the establishment of a constellation of unique wineries, connected through a range of dynamic wine routes.
Here is a quick overview: