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Darling Wine Route

1 Hour from Cape Town

Darling Wine Route

Welcome to our beautiful little Valley, well-known for its world-class wines, breathtaking vineyards and majestic mountain ranges, the Robertson Wine Route is an idyllic destination along the popular Route 62. We know you will enjoy many unique, memorable experiences and hope you return many more times to indulge in the richness of the Robertson Wine Route.

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Darling Wine Route Guide

Welcome to the Darling Wine Route

About the Darling Wine Route

Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, along the West Coast, lie the vineyards of the Darling district, which has rapidly achieved a reputation for producing quality grapes and also been recognised for its significant long-term potential. The vineyards benefit from their proximity to the colling Atlantic Ocean and being planted in soils with high moisture-retention capacities, resulting in most dryland farming practices in the area.

Darling has a thriving and creative wine tourism industry, and there are shows throughout the year at Evita se Perron, as well as classic music concerts, flower festivals and the country’s biggest eco-friendly rock concert. There are also winery restaurants, guesthouses, quirky coffe shops and a plethora of tourist attractions, including the best small town museum in the country.

All the wineries on the route belong to the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative, assuring visitors of a truly rural environment in which to relax, recharge and restore mind, body and soul.

Emergency Contact Information

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
Poison Help Line: +27 (0) 21 931 6129
Worcester Medi Clinic: +27 (0) 23 348 1500
Mountain Rescue Team: 10177
Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve Trained Snake Handlers: +27 (0) 23 625 1621/+27 (0) 82 496 2449
Traffic Help Line: +27 (0) 84 601 6462
Andre’s body works-Tow-in/Breakdown: +27 (0) 82 495 5536
Supa Quick – Tyres/Batteries/Exhausts: +27 (0) 23 626 2812/+27 (0) 82 396 2419
Keys locked in car: +27 (0) 72 146 0598

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
Ambulance: 10177
Police: +27 (0) 23 626 1375
Fire Brigade: +27 (0) 23 626 1375
Police Station: +27 (0) 23 626 8340
State Hospital: +27 (0) 23 626 8500
Pharmacy: +27 (0) 23 626 4336/+27 (0) 23 626 2956
Doctor: +27 (0) 23 626 3006
Dentist: +27 (0) 23 626 6648
Physiotherapist: +27 (0) 23 626 1058
Chiropractor: +27 (0) 23 626 1507

About the Wine

The Robertson Wine Route has 15% of South Africa’s total area under vine

Originally recognized for producing red wines and high quality, fortified wines, recently we’ve seen some delicious, award winning red and white wines emerging from the Swartland Wine Route, which continues to produce top class port style wines.

No. of Wineries 48
Main Red Varietals (39%) Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Pinotage
Main White Varietals (61%) Chardonnay, Colombar and Chenin Blanc
Designated Wards Malmesbury and Riebeekberg.
Designated District Langeberg District
First Vines Planted 1863
Area Under Vine 531 Hectares
Wine Grape Production +/- 199 000 tons
Vines in the Region Yoshi Tannamuri
Annual Average Rainfall 250mm/year
Map and Location

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Directions from Cape Town

From the center of Cape Town head north, taking the N1/Table Bay Boulevard onramp. From the N1, take exit 10 (Sable Road), keep right, and follow the signs for the N7/Malmesbury. Stay on this road for about 60km. From the N7, exit left onto Voortrekker Road (R45) which loops around, and follow this road for approximately 800m until you reach De Kock Street.

Good to Know

Fast Fact
DID YOU KNOW? Robertson is named after Dr William Robertson, a Scottish minister who arrived in South Africa in 1822.
When to Visit
Feast your eyes on an exquisite patchwork of yellow canola fields, green vineyards and indigenous flora in bloom in Spring, from late October to mid-November.
General Climate
The Swartland is typically very hot in summer and cold in winter. Temperatures are moderate between March and November. Sun protection in summer is essential.
How Long to Stay
Plan at least a weekend, especially if you’ll be visiting wine and olive farms and local restaurants.

Nature Reserves

Fast Fact
DID YOU KNOW? Robertson is named after Dr William Robertson, a Scottish minister who arrived in South Africa in 1822.
When to Visit
Feast your eyes on an exquisite patchwork of yellow canola fields, green vineyards and indigenous flora in bloom in Spring, from late October to mid-November.
General Climate
The Swartland is typically very hot in summer and cold in winter. Temperatures are moderate between March and November. Sun protection in summer is essential.
How Long to Stay
Plan at least a weekend, especially if you’ll be visiting wine and olive farms and local restaurants.

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