The charming town of Tulbagh is situated in the Cape Winelands region - a drive of an hour and a half from Cape Town. It finds its place on the tourist map at the far north-western end of the popular Route 62, said to be the longest wine route in the world.
Cradled in a valley flanked on 3 sides by the Witzenberg, Winterhoek and Obiqua mountain ranges, the setting is picturesque and rural amongst the orchards and vineyards.
Tulbagh is best known for the variety of wine producers that surround it, for it’s beautifully preserved Cape Dutch architecture, and for the earthquake of 1969. Historic Church Street has the largest concentration of provincial monuments in one street in South Africa.
The main thoroughfare is wide with an unhurried pace and many of the side streets slumber in the shade of old oak trees.
Outside the town, De Oude Drostdy encapsulates the grandeur of the early settlement of the area and is home to the well-known Drostdy Hof wine range. Other wine producers include Tulbagh Winery, Theuniskraal, Saronsberg and Twee Jonge Gazellen. There are also a number of micro-producers and boutique wineries. Many of these offer tasting and sales. At times during winter the peaks and slopes that overlook the valley are dusted in snow, while spring brings a display of wild flowers in the fields.
The town boasts a number of good restaurants for lazy lunches and for those with a sweet tooth, there’s a chocolatier nearby. The area is suited to scenic drives, with hiking and mountain biking for the more energetic.
Look out for
Wine tasting – along the Tulbagh wine route many of the larger wineries are open Monday to Saturday for the savouring and purchasing of their ranges. For those visiting on a Sunday, Paddagang wine house is open and sells wines from some of the local cellars.
Historic buildings – some of the main features of the town are the historic buildings, many with grand gables and thatched roofs.
De Oude Drostdy Museum – the building was ravaged by earthquake and fire but has on both occasions been restored to its former glory. It houses some fine examples of furniture and household appliances from centuries ago. Tasting of its Drostdy Hof wine range takes place in the atmospheric cellar.
Belgian chocolates - Moniki Chocolatier pairs a range of delectable Belgian chocolates with coffee or liqueurs.