When Vergelegen was established, in 1700, it was truly far from the Cape Colony. Now, 321 years later, it borders on the bustling heart of Somerset West but remains an oasis of wilderness in the Helderberg Basin.
Not only is Vergelegen at the heart of Somerset West, but it also at the heart of FNB Wines2Whales. It is one of the race’s ever-present hosts, having graciously given route access to mountain bikers since the first edition in 2009. In 2021 riders will be excited to note that the Switchback route does not include the imposing Vergelegen climb, but rather the trails undulate in a downhill trend from the farm’s eastern border towards its western marches.
On the race through Vergelegen mountain bikers should be on the look out for the estate’s celebrated wildlife, including bontebok and eland, as well as their free ranging Nguni cattle. While visitors to the heart of the estate can view one of the oldest and best kept examples of historic Cape Dutch architecture. The three-century old homestead with its white washed walls, thatched roof and ornate gables is an icon of the form.
For those looking for a less physical way, than mountain biking, of indulging in the beauty of Vergelegen the estate boasts historic gardens, the opportunity to book a picnic in the forests, meals at the Camphors at Vergelegen or Stables at Vergelegen resultants, and wine tastings. On the wines front, Vergelegen is renowned for their Brut MMV, a 100% Chardonnay dry sparkling wine.
Vergelegen’s wine tasting and restaurants are open seven days a week, from 08:30 to 16:00.
|Location:||Vergelegen, Somerset West|
|Opening Hours:||Weekdays 08:30 to 16:00 and Weekends|