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Tulbagh in the Winelands region of the Western Cape

Tulbagh - Winelands region -Western CapeTulbagh - Winelands region -Western Cape
Tulbagh - Winelands region -Western CapeTulbagh - Winelands region -Western Cape

Tulbagh in the Winelands region of the Western Cape

Tulbagh is perfectly placed for day trips to Cape Town, Franschhoek, Paarl, Malmesbury, Stellenbosch, Worcester and Rawsonville as well as the Cape West Coast and, if you plan your trip accordingly, offers some of the best displays of veld flowers between April and October, making local walks and hikes an utter pleasure.

The people in Tulbagh are renowned for their warmth and easygoing hospitality and the valley has fast become an attractive weekend getaway for Capetonians and Cape Winelands wedding and conference venue seekers. An earthquake in September 1969, 6.4 on the Richter scale, badly damaged some of the original buildings on Church Street. Most of these were lovingly restored and today make up the largest concentration of National Monuments - 32 in total - and the highest number on anyone street in South Africa. There’s the rather inspiring NG Church that sits austerely on the far edge of Van Der Stel Street (the main road through Tulbagh). 

The valley was first discovered by European settlers in 1658 and land grants were made to 14 farming families in 1700. The town itself was developed in 1743 when the museum church was built.  Many of the Church Street buildings were destroyed. After the disaster in Church Street, extensive projects of restoration began with the National Committee for the Restoration of Historic Buildings in Tulbagh and its Environment. This work in Tulbagh was possibly the largest number of Cape-Dutch, Edwardian and Victorian provincial heritage sites in one street in South Africa, and remains a major tourist attraction of the town to the present day. Post the 1969 earthquake every historic home in Church Street was painstakingly restored to its original glory. These 32 buildings now constitute the largest concentration of National Monuments in a single street in South Africa.

Extreme day and night temperatures and the mountainous backdrop, which creates a number of different climates, together with extremely variable soils in the valley, create some notable wines. Interesting for the connoisseur is the valley’s unique ‘cold trap’ phenomenon - the horseshoe shape of the mountains creates a bowl in which cold nighttime air lies undisturbed forming a bubble, which is trapped under warming air during the day.

Today, however, the Tulbagh district is best known for its Rooibos tea industry. Rooibos is a fynbos species that is endemic to the Cederberg area. It has needle-like leaves and produces a tasty, aromatic tea that has been found to enhance one's health. It was first marketed in 1904 by a Russian immigrant named Benjamin Ginsberg. The Rooibos tea (Red Bush) contains no preservatives or colourants and being caffeine-free has a soothing effect on the nervous system. It is recommended for people suffering from their nerves and all the other ailments that follow from nerve problems. 

Information Courtesy of www.sahistory.org.za/place/tulbagh-western-cape

Tulbagh - Winelands region -Western Cape