Olifants River Valley Wine Route

The Olifants River wine route starts at Citrusdal and meanders along the river for 120 km until it reaches Lutzville and the country’s most westerly vineyards

Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Olifants River Valley Wine Route

The Olifants River wine route starts at Citrusdal, 180 km outside of Cape Town and meanders along the river for 120 km until it reaches Lutzville and the country’s most westerly vineyards.

Where? Olifants River Valley Region, Western Cape

When? See individual wine estates for their opening times

Overnight? See Cederberg accommodation, in Western Cape

This area around Lutzville is regarded as one of the most ideal wine growing areas due to its mild climate, misty mornings, sunny days and south westerly sea breeze. The soil varies from sandy to red clay loams.

All in all, this wine route encompasses 200 km of stark contrasts and extraordinary beauty, and the wines produced are quality, value-for-money wines. Rainfall is low and soils vary from sandy to red clay loams, but the Olifants River provides an abundance of water. It wasn’t always so. Only after WW II was a canal built in the lower Olifants River and intensive wine farming began.

Nevertheless, over 200 years of wine-making tradition makes for easy drinking wines that compete with the best in the industry and have won both local and international acclaim.

For additional information about the Olifants River Valley, attractions, things to do and events and festivals see Olifants River Valley Information & Attractions or, to view the individual wine estates on the this Wine Route, see Olifants River Wine Estates.

Other Popular Attractions in the Olifants River Valley Valley

Olifants River Wine Estates


Just about 200 kilometres from Cape Town, near the picturesque town of Vredendal, lie the Olifants River and its wine route. The Western Cape Province of South Africa is known for being one of the world’s best wine-producing regions, and...

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Cederberg Wilderness Area


The Cederberg Wilderness Area lies some 200 km north of Cape Town. This vast area in the Cederberg region stretches from the Middelberg Pass at Citrusdal to north of the Pakhuis Pass at Clanwilliam, encompassing some 71 000 ha of rugged...

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Stadsaal Caves


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Did you know?

There are 100 000 hectares under vine across South Africa.

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