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The Worcester Winelands, barely an hour's drive from Cape Town, includes the Worcester district as far as Wolseley, Slanghoek and Hex River Valley and stretches as far south as Villiersdorp and covers the Nuy cellar to the east.
The Worcester district is the largest and one of the most important wine-making areas in the country, producing close on 25% of South Africa's total volume of 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 fertile Breede River Valley close to Worcester:
Slanghoek Wine Cellar
Slanghoek Wine Cellar is situated in the breath taking Slanghoek Valley - 3km from the well-known Goudini Spa. A wide selection of wines are available, underwhich cultivars like Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage and Hanepoot Jeripigo are the most popular.
Nuy Wine Cellar
A small cellar with a highly held reputation, winning various top prizes at wine shows. Offers sparkling wine, dry, off-dry and semi-sweet white wines, dry red wine, white and red fortified wines and grape juice.
Situated en-route to Robertson.
Brandvlei Wine Cellar
Some 23km from Worcester on the Villiersdorp road. Offers dry and semi-sweet white wines, red wines, dessert wine and grape juice.
De Wet Wine Cellar
De Wet Co-operative Wine Cellar, founded on 15 April 1946, is the oldest cellar in the Worcester area. Over the years it has developed into a quality cellar processing large volumes annually.
The cellar 8km from Worcester on the N1 north. It offers dry and semi-sweet white wines, red wines, sparkling wines as well as sweet muscadel and Hanepoot wines
Overhex Wine Cellar
The Overhex Wine Cellar offers a selection of white wines, muscadel, sparkling wine, red wine and grape juice. The cellar has undergone dynamic changes, making it definately worth a visit.
In the fertile Breede River Valley nestles the wine estate with a difference - the trip through some of the most spectacular passes in the Cape, is well worth the effort. Bergsig Estate offers dry, off-dry and semi-sweet white wines, blanc de noir, red wines, sparkling wines, dessert wines and grape juice.
Botha Co-operative Wine Cellar
Located on the upper reaches of the Breede River Valley, Both Co-op Wine Cellar lies in an area boasting a temperate climate with a relatively high rainfall. The cellar has produced several award-winning wines, including a Chardonnay, Hanepoot Jeripigo, Pinotage, Cabernet, Port and a Sauvignon Blanc.
The Botha Co-op Wine Cellar is some 20km from Worcester on the Ceres road.
Waboomsrivier Wine Cellar
The Cellar has 47 members who farm from the slopes of the Breede River. Traditional Wagenboom wines are: Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Grand Cru and Perle wines. Red wines include Ruby Cabernet, Pinotage and Cinsaut.
Badsberg Co-operative Winery Ltd.
About one kilometre from Goudini Spa. Offers dry and semi-sweet white wine and grape juice.
Dasbosch Wine Cellar
The cellar was founded in 1955 for producers on the farms Dasboschrivier and Voorsorg.
Elegant white wines are produced mainly from: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. Award winning reds are: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinotage.
Groot Eiland Wine Cellar
Situated 16 km from Worcester and 1 km from Rawsonville. Offers dry and semi-sweet white wine, red wine, sweet Hanepoot and grape juice.
Du Toitskloof Wine Cellar
About 20km from Worcester on the N1 to Cape Town. Offers dry and semi-sweet white wine, red wine, dessert wine and grape juice. Du Toitskloof Cellar is renowned for its excellent wines, many of which have won acclaim both nationally and internationally.