Surrounded by the majestic Waaihoek, Witzen and Waterval Mountains, the picturesque valley surrounding the village of Wolseley, is just 90 minutes from Cape Town and a stone’s throw from Tulbagh and Ceres.
Wolseley is situated along the Route 62, the longest wine route in the world and is reached via one of four scenic passes ~ the Nuwekloof, Bainskloof, Du Toitskloof and Michels Pass.
MTB enthusiasts love the Kluitjieskraal mountain bike trail with 41 kilometres of gorgeous mountain, forest and waterfall scenery, and there is a shorter trail of 14 kilometres for the not so fit. Avid hikers can enjoy the New Munster trail, a lovely 3 hour walk through veld on the way to the foot of the Mostertshoek Mountain and is fairly easy. With its diverse terrain, vegetation and waterways, the valley is also very popular with bird watchers.
Read about the watershed on an information board opposite the Wolseley Primary School in Mill Street and for more exciting history, two well kept blockhouses just outside the town date back to the Anglo-Boer War.
Discover the rural village of Tulbagh nestling in its bowl of magnificent mountains and a serene, unspoiled valley. In itself a desirable destination for all seasons and many reasons, the historic town also provides an excellent base from which to explore the Cape Winelands and surrounding areas. Only a 90-minute scenic drive from Cape Town, getting away has never been so easy or so much fun!
Breedekloof Wine Valley
Our region consists of 27 wineries from the Rawsonville, Slanghoek, Goudini and Breede River areas, and there is something for everyone as they range from small boutique wineries to estates and large cellars.
Talented winemakers produce new-world style wines which are upfront and complex, yet well balanced. White wines produced include cultivars such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon and Viognier, with wine styles ranging from dry to semi-sweet. Red wine cultivars include Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Merlot, Shiraz, Petit Verdot, Malbec & Barbera. Our red wines offer either typical red & black berry characteristics or spicy and peppery flavours, with intense colour and soft tannins. Wine styles vary between full and complex barrel matured wines, to fruity, easy-drinking blends.
Our winemakers regularly bring home lustrous medals from premier local and international competitions, and we tend to dominate whenever wine enthusiasts consider the unbeatable combination of quality and value.
How much fun can you have on a wine route? Well besides the expected offering of quality wines and hearty country food, we also throw in majestic mountains which combine with vineyards and sparkling rivers to create a natural playground offering healthy outdoor fun for mountain bikers, runners, 4×4 enthusiasts, birders and fly-fishermen.
Not to mention our hot springs, stunning Fynbos hikes and warm hospitable people who are passionate about winemaking and the valley in which we live. We are just an hour from Cape Town, along the N1, but with all we have to offer it’s not surprising that many of our visitors turn their day trips into over-night stays.
Our region offers so much more than just superb wines, as every year this spectacular natural playground attracts thousands of mountain-bikers, birders and hikers.
Fancy a spot of bass or fly-fishing? Well the Breedekloof also offers access to some of South Africa’s best fishing spots along the sparkling Molenaars, Elandsjacht and Smalblaar rivers.
Ceres, is for good reason named after the Goddess of Fertility, as it lies tucked away in a fertile valley surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Boland. Only accessed via mountain passes that will literally take your breath away, there are four unique areas to the town: The Warm Bokkeveld which has an abundance of natural agricultural resources and envelops Ceres and Prince Alfred Hamlet. The Bo-Swaarmoed which is situated at the foot of the Matroosberg Mountain Range and is famous for its seasonal snows and cherry farms plus the views of the Ceres Valley which are breath-taking. The Koue Bokkeveld is home to a small village but a number of large farming estates, and is world renowned for its apples, pears and vegetables. Lastly, The Ceres Karoo is a semi-arid desert area, boasting a long history and a unique culture including breath-taking landscape views and priceless natural resources.
In winter snow can fall on the higher mountain regions, and this brings many visitors to the Ceres Valley, which has become affectionately known as ‘the Switzerland of South Africa’. In summer, the Ceres Valley offers a beauty all its own and there are numerous hikes, mountain bike tracks and walks along rivers and streams and in the surrounding mountains for those nature lovers. Alternatively, come and pick your own cherries during cherry season or go on a tractor or horse ride to experience real farm life! One of the region’s greatest assets is its sheer diversity of bird species, hosting highly sought-after endemic and near-endemic species found in the unique Fynbos vegetation.
There’s a wide variety of accommodation ranging from luxury game reserves, a Cape Nature reserve, numerous guesthouses, bed & breakfasts, self-catering units, farm cottages and mountain & eco-huts, and a camp site within the town of Ceres. After enjoying a fun filled time out and about, why not take time out to relax and unwind at one of the many day spas or coffee shops. Our clean and clear skies will renew your mind, body and soul.