Exploring the Cape Winelands - proposal for additional book "Cape Wineries on the Roads Less Traveled". A book which will focus on the wine estates in the "Outer Ring"
Some extracts from our current book that focuses on 10 areas close to Cape Town: Constantia; Durbanville; Stellenbosch South, Central, West, North; Franschhoek; Suider Paarl; Elgin; Hemel en Aarde
See below for information on our proposal for a different book that will explore the other areas in the Western Cape
101 of the Best Wineries in the Cape Winelands featured
in 10 spectacular day routes from Cape Town
This beautiful memento of your visit to the Cape Winelands will help you
to plan and enjoy your outings. Meander along backroads, explore
renowned wineries and restaurants, and enjoy the stunning scenery.
• Each of 10 routes has a descriptive guide to the selected wineries with many
• The featured wineries all have tastings open to the public with
amazing settings, historic or architecturally interesting buildings, good
restaurants, fun activities and of course great wine!
• A detailed map accompanies each route, showing the selected
wineries’ location and many interesting attractions along the way.
• A comprehensive directory of 390 wineries with contact details.
Routes: Constantia Durbanville Stellenbosch(4), Franschhoek, Paarl, Elgin, Hemel-en-Aarde
We produced Exploring the Cape Winelands: Scenic Day Routes to the 101 Best Wineries which has sold 9000 copies in two editions (with several print runs) and we are bringing out a third revised edition for 2019. This book focuses only on the better-known areas close to Cape Town featuring selected wineries open to the public. The 101 selected to be featured with photographs and text are all open to the public without a booking required. Every Route has a map with all wineries showing and an introduction with the selected wineries in that route featured.
We do not ask properties that are included to pay to be in the book. We do ask that they buy copies of the book to use as gifts for their friends, agents and wine-club members and to sell in their tasting rooms.
In response to many requests, we are now considering also producing a different book that will focus on scenic routes to the "Cape Wineries on the Roads Less Traveled". In this book we be including other areas in the Western Cape. We have now visited some of these wine estates and we received a very good response. People are keen for us to write a book that will show the very many other places where travelers can enjoy good wine, beautiful vistas and the very friendly people. We are also looking at highlighting a few of the other specialities of the areas attractive to visitors. We are not yet sure but tentatively another 10 routes are proposed. Where feasible we will follow the designated Wine Routes, but we do need to link some of these together in ways that will reflect feasible driving/visiting itineries and the number of wineries in that area. We propose including
Darling * Malmesbury * Riebeek Wes, Riebeek Kasteel * Tulbach * Paarl North * Wellington * Wolsey- Breedekloof * Worcester-Villiersdorp * Robertson- Bonnievale * Malgas-Napier- Strandveld- Elim * Stanford-Bot River, and also under consideration are Piketburg-Citrusdal-OlifantsRiver-West Coast, and Route62-Plettenberg Bay.
We will discuss how we divide our maps with the Wine Route representatives, most of whom we have not yet met.
We will not be as restrictive about not requiring reservation when selecting which wineries to feature in the new book - since it is further afield, it is assumed that people will be prepared to make a booking. We will be concerned with places that are attractive to visitors and that have wine which we enjoy! We will also focus on what will attract people to the area. We are thinking that we will include more comprehensive Route Introductions with more detail and information about each area. The focus is definitely the wine estates, but we will map and perhaps describe some of the other interest points.
There are some extracts below together with the full Directory. They are just to give you an idea of the approach in the existing book. The new "Cape Wineries on the Roads less Traveled" with the focus on the other areas in the Western Cape, will not follow the same format. But these excerpts give you an idea of what we did.
Kay Leresche lives in Rooiels. She is a Professor of Natural Resource Economics and former travel agent and journalist.