The Worcester Winelands includes the Worcester district and extends as far as Wolseley, Slanghoek and Hex River Valley, stretching as far south as Villiersdorp.
This district is the largest producer and one of the most important wine making regions in South Africa. It produces almost 25% of the country's wine and spirits.
The region is also the country's most important brandy producing area, with Worcester being the home of the world's largest brandy cellar, KWV, and Olof Berg Solera Cellar.
The following are some of the major cellars situated in the Breede River Valley close to Worcester:
Slanghoek Wine Cellar
Nuy Wine Cellar
Brandvlei Wine Cellar
De Wet Wine Cellar
Overhex Wine Cellar
Botha Co-operative Wine Cellar
Waboomsrivier Wine Cellar
Badsberg Co-operative Winery Ltd.
Dasbosch Wine Cellar
Groot Eiland Wine Cellar
Du Toitskloof Wine Cellar
The du Toits Kloof Pass is centrally placed in respect of Wine Routes.
On the Cape Town side of the mountain are the famous Stellenbosch and Paarl areas. There is also the Franschhoek Wine region as well as the Wellington Wine Route.
On the Worcester side of the mountain is the Worcester Wine Route, which includes numerous cellars starting in Rawsonville, Slanghoek, Worcester, the Nuy Valley and up the R62.
The wines from this region are impressive and are something of a gem, almost lost in the glamour of their over-the-mountain cousins.
Take the time out to visit the cellars on this route. You'll be glad you did.