About sixty minutes east of Cape Town, the road rises up “over the berg” at Sir Lowry’s Pass. From there on you are in the Overberg, the southermost region of Africa and gateway to the famous lighthouse at L’Agulhas, the tip of the continent where the two oceans meet.
More than a century ago, Sir Robert Stanford found the climate and soils of this area perfectly suited to growing vegetables and fruit to supply passing ships and the area around the town of Stanford still has a more moderate climate than the surrounding towns, perfect for the cultivation of grapes. The Overberg wines range from crisp dry white to full-bodied reds.
Most of the Overberg wine estates lie in the triangle of land between Grabouw and Villiersdorp and south via Bot River to the southernmost vineyards of the Hemel-en-Aarde valley near Hermanus. The young wine growers of this pocket have selected their soils well and the wines coming from the dune sands of Springfontein or the rocky hillsides of Raka, the fertile slopes of Robert Stanford Estate and Stanford Hills, each express their own terroir in remarkable style. The small town of Barrydale has a climate that is a vintner's dream, a prime reason for their fine wines and brandys.
The Overberg Wine Route is 568 kilometers (353 miles) long.
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