Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe De Oude Drostdy
Definitely high on the list of ‘must visits’ when in Tulbagh, De Oude Drostdy is a typical Cape Dutch style home built in 1804 just outside the town.
Where? Winterhoek Road, Tulbagh, Cape Winelands
When? Open daily.
How? Call +27 (0)23 230-0203
De Oude Drostdy served originally as the seat of the magistrate of Tulbagh, and today is a national monument and cultural-historical museum housing a collection of early Cape furniture, household articles and a captivating collection of gramophones.
The building was designed by Cape architect Louis Michel Thibault and built not long after the town of Tulbagh. De Oude Drostdy today stands overlooking the Drostdy-Hof wine cellar, producers of New World wines and one of the South Africa’s oldest private sherry cellars. De Oude Drostdy serves as Drostdy-Hof’s spiritual home and for many visitors here, De Oude Drostdy has become synonymous with the wine label that began releasing wines in 1973.
The building not only serves as a museum but as a wonderful venue for wine tasting. A steep and narrow staircase descends into the historic underground slave quarters where visitors sip wine by candlelight.
The pretty little town of Tulbagh lies just 180 kilometres north-east of Cape Town in the heart of the Breede River Valley and one of the oldest agricultural regions.
The Witzenberg Mountains, often sprinkled with winter snow, Obiqua Mountains, and Winterhoek Mountains surround the town on three sides, creating gorgeous valley scenery. Tulbagh’s wines are among the best in the Cape and include other well known labels - Twee Jonge Gezellen, Theuniskraal and Tulbagh winery.