A scenic driving route stretching across the Western Cape and Eastern Cape in South Africa, the Route 62 passes through a number of popular wine producing areas including Robertson and Paarl.
Route 62 - The Longest Wine Route in the World
An alternative route to the N2 national road, the Route 62 wanders from Cape Town up to Oudtshoorn and across to Port Elizabeth. The route travels through majestic mountains, past lush green forests and meandering rivers and streams, all combining to provide the ideal conditions to produce some of the best conditions for wine production in the country.
Quaint country towns are dotted all along the route offering an abundance of accommodation options to ensure you have a comfortable and relaxed stay before departing for the next town. The route also travels past a number of exciting tourism attractions ensuring that even those that are not wine enthusiasts will have a wonderful time while travelling through the region.
Excellent road conditions result in the Route 62 being ideal for a self-drive adventure, allowing you to tailor-make your experience, enabling you to choose which towns to stop at, where to spend a few days and which areas you wish to just pass through. Whether you just drive a small portion of the route or travel its full extent you are guaranteed the drive of a lifetime.
Where the Road Takes You
Starting in Cape Town the route begins along the N1 before turning off onto the R44 and R46 to incorporate Tulbagh, Wellington and Ceres before joining up with the R60 to travel past the fruit growing towns of Robertson, Ashton, McGregor and Montagu before meandering on to Barrydale where the road officially becomes the R62.
On from Barrydale you twist and wind along to the port producing Calitzdorp and past the Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn before heading into the Baviaanskloof region and on into Port Elizabeth. The route passes some of South Africa's most popular wine, brandy and port producing estates including Excelsior Wine Estate, Klipdrift Brandy Distillery, De Wetshof Estate, Springfield Wine Estate and many more.
While visiting the many wine farms visitors can enjoy a wine tasting of the estate's wines, explore the cellars on a cellar tour and enjoy a South Africa meal at a number of top quality restaurants.
Associations With the USA
The Cape Route 62 is loosely associated with the legendary Route 66 in the United States of America. The Route 66 travels between Chicago and Los Angeles and was established as a main artery for those wanting to travel from east to west and providing the small towns in the region with access to a major national thoroughfare.