Once again, I have had the privilege of being invited by the Cape Winelands Municipality to experience one of the beautiful wine regions in our area. This time it was the Breede River Route. A region I, honestly, knew very little about.

Early start on a cold day
Early start on a cold day

I am going to space out this post a little differently. Most of the places we went to deserve a mention of their own and so that’s what I will do for this trip.

We will start in De Doorns in the Hex River Valley. I have stopped here before, at this Engen. For a pee break, for coffee, for breakfast but never for a glass of muscadel. The snow-capped peaks were the background to our short break while we learned a little about the Touws river area, the story behind the Hex in the valley and the train station project that is in the wings.

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Coffee, a muffin and grape juice for breakfast

The one thing that really impressed me was the Photographer Passport. Now bare with me as most of these two days were spent in Afrikaans, which I soon discovered I can follow quite well but still not one of my first 2 languages.

From what I understood. You pop into De Doorns Tourism Bureaux, next to the Engen, Grab a Photographer passport and a map. The passport give you access to otherwise private properties in the valley that are great spots to get great photos and it’s updated every season to insure you get the best vista.

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Photog passport and the map

Once you are done galavanting with you camera, pop back into the office to hand back the passport and get your tastebuds tingling with delicious wines from De Doorns cellar, the cellar with the longest harvest season in the world…18 weeks!

Liquid warmth before heading out into the cold again
Liquid warmth before heading out into the cold again

Our visit was short but full of information and most of it can be find on the Hex River Valley website, even the legend of the Hex. Check it out as there is something for every season and with the Train Station project just waiting for a go ahead there may soon be even more!


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