Did you know that the longest wine route in the world is right here in South Africa? That’s right! At 850 km, Route 62 spans all the way from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. You can literally taste your way through different grape varieties from the Western to the Eastern Cape.
As the longest wine route globally, wine is definitely Route 62’s claim to fame. However, there is so much more to explore along the way. This scenic road –running almost parallel with the N2 – is filled with natural and unique finds. Adventure, history, art, and small towns are dotted along the way. And Route 62 gained even more popularity when CNN rated it as the top road trip destination in the world.
Now that is a fact we can’t argue with.
The route kicks off in the winelands of Cape Town before it makes it way inland towards Wellington and Paarl. And then, several small towns follow. Just a stone’s throw from Cape Town you will find yourself between the vineyards of Wellington and Paarl, home to some of South Africa’s most exquisite wine farms. And then there is the charming town of Tulbagh; Steeped in history, there are 32 national monuments in one street in Tulbagh, the most that can be found on a South African street. Moving along the Breede River Valley waits Robertson, Ashton, McGregor, Bonnievale and Montagu can keep you busy for days at end. This picturesque fruit and wine-producing valley is not only bursting with flavour, but the mountainous scenery is awe-inspiring.
As the distance go by, and as you spot wine farm after wine farm, you will begin to understand why it is such a top-rated road trip to take. And of course, why it is considered the longest wine route in the world.
But it is not over yet.
After Barrydale the legendary roadside bar, Ronnie’s Sex Shop – a midway marker – beckons you closer to stretch your legs. And it is the perfect photo opportunity. The road continues into Karoo territory; a semi-arid region known for its majestic mountains, olives, ostriches, wines and especially, port. Explore and taste your way through Ladismith, Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn before moving into the Eastern Cape and entering the Langkloof. The Langkloof – also known as the Fruit Route of South Africa – is situated behind the towering Tsitsikamma Mountains. Sprinkled along the way are small towns and farming communities; Misgund, Louterwater, Joubertina, and Kareedouw. And before you know it you end up in Port Elizabeth, the end of the wine route.
Just like a good wine, Route 62 should be savoured. The area offers something for everyone, whether you are a wine connoisseur or looking for adventure and heritage. There is never a dull moment. From the lush rolling valleys of the Breede River to the depths of the Cango Caves that are a few million years old, and the interesting fauna and indigenous flora along the way.
Want to experience the best of both worlds along the longest wine route? Explore the off the beaten track towns of Route 62 and combine it with the N2’s coastal gems, especially those in the Garden Route.
Need help planning your trip? Ask us more about combining some of Route 62 into your tour with our Tailor made Tours.