The Helderberg Wine Route is one of the five sub-routes in the greater Stellenbosch Wine Route and packed with some of the best wineries in the country.
One of the Western Cape’s major attractions, the Stellenbosch Wine Route was founded back in 1971 and the Helderberg Route boasts the most wineries of all the sub-routes.
A total of 43 wineries can be found on the Helderberg sub-route, which stretches from near Stellenbosch all the way to Sir Lowry’s Pass as well as Croydon.
The other four sub-routes are Greater Simonsberg, Stellenbosch Berg, Stellenbosch Valley and Bottelary Hills.
Some of the more famous wineries on the Helderberg Route include:
Ernie Else Wines
Arguably South Africa’s most famous golfer, Ernie Els has established a popular winery on the Helderberg route. The ‘Big Easy’ has travelled the globe and sampled some of the greatest wines in the world, before pursuing his passion for fine wine by creating his own back in 1999.
This family owned winery, which is housed in the 1901 Dynamite Factory in Somerset West, owns prime placement near the cold waters of False Bay. The grapes are brought in from a range of vineyards across the Western Cape to create their unique wines.
This historic winery was founded in 1700 and is considered one of the gems of the Stellenbosch Wine Route. Lourensford may have a rich history, but they are not stuck in the past as they have a clear vision and have perfected the art of making wines that scream style and sophistication.
Situated just outside of Somerset West, this winery has conservation in mind with bio-dynamic vineyards used to create complex and unique wines. Waterkloof can be found just off of Old Sir Lowry’s Pass Road and definitely needs to be on your list.
These wineries are a small sample of what awaits when looking to explore the Stellenbosch Wine Route.
Please be sure to enjoy your trip safely by making using of cabs or nominate a designated driver. You should also spread your tour over a few days to allow yourself to not only explore the vineyards, but the historic town of Stellenbosch too.