Wines of the overberg

Not as well known as the Paarl, Stellenbosch or Robertson wine routes, the Overberg has a surprisingly interesting range of popular wineries and a number of really good but less well known wines. For complete information on the Overberg wines and maps of the area see 

Some of my favourites close to Pringle Bay are listed below.

A magic destination awaits you, 18 km along the Hemel-en-Aarde road. (Turn left just before you get to Hermanus) A really friendly and knowledgable staff made for an awesome tasting experience.  We had the antipasti platter which was great but I will go back for the full pairing tasting next time (See the menu).  5 Stars from me.


        Iona Wines

About 25 Minutes drive from Pringle Bay is the spectacular Iona wine estate. The vineyards are on a mountain plateau 420 metres above sea level, surrounded by the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Definitely worth a visit.


       Beaumont Wines

Once an 18th century outpost for the Dutch East India Company, Compagnes Drift farm in Bot River, is now home to Beaumont Wines, a family-run winery with a proud tradition of making individualistic wines from ancient clay-rich soils in the Walker Bay region.  (BWI member*)



Luddite Wines, situated on the eastern slopes of the Houw Hoek Mountains, 1,5km from the village of Bot River, was founded in 1999 with the sole aim of making world class Shiraz. The south eastern slopes are ideal for long ripening while no irrigation ensures a small berry size and concentrated flavours, resulting in well-balanced Shiraz with classic spicy characteristics.  (BWI member*)


        Raka Wines

A little further from home near Stanford is one of my favourite wines.

The Raka brand was named after Piet Dreyer's black fishing vessel. Piet's first love has always been the sea. For some 36 years he braved the storms and challenges of the coast, ever in search of the best catch. It is with this same passion that the Dreyer family now pursue the art of winemaking.




Tucked away among rolling valleys, just an hour from Cape Town along the N2, lies the secret gem of the Bot River wine route. This is “where real people make real wines”, and it’s here that you will find Gabriëlskloof, whose sole focus is to perfect the art of wine making.

*    The BWI is a pioneering partnership between the South African wine industry and the conservation sector.

Our vision is to protect and conserve our unique natural heritage within the Cape Winelands – an outstanding place with iconic species whilst maintaining living, productive landscapes.


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