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Hex River Valley Tourism
The Hex River valley is a beautiful autumn spot to visit, with amazing colours on the vines and trees. The valley produces a top selection of wine and there are many accommodation and activities to partake in. Every year an Autumn Splendour Festival is held which is not to be missed. For more information on the Hex River Valley and available accommodation and attractions, please visit the Hex River Valley Tourism Bureau website.
About 140 km north of Cape Town, the N1 highway passes through the fertile Hex River Valley, known as the gateway to the Cape.
Those traveling through the valley always remarks at how picturesque and serene it seems. Farms are nestled between the Hex and Quado mountains, which are snowcapped during winter.
In autumn, the vineyard leaves change from a uniform green to yellows, burgundy, russet and mocha, transforming the valley floor into a patchwork of rich earthy tones.
The Hex River Valley is the biggest producer of table grapes in South Africa and hosts Hexkoel, the largest Pre-cooler in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as the wine cellar with the longest harvest season in the world! De Doorns Wine Cellar offers free cellar tours during harvest season.
This traditional home of the S.A. Table Grape Industry has been producing and exporting grapes for a century. Approximately 17 million cartons of grapes are exported annually. The harvesting season runs from early January until mid April.
The name “Hex”, an Afrikaans word for witch, is also intriguing. It is said to come from the legend of the Hex of the Hex River Valley and based on a true story. The beautiful young Eliza Meiring, who called her suitors to climb to the heights of the mighty Matroosberg mountain behind her parents’ home, to bring her a rare Disa orchid from it’s treacherous heights.
Her favorite suitor slipped and fell to his death. Eliza was racked with guilt and grief by this tragedy. Her mourning was so intense that she lost her mind and had to be confined to her home, as she wanted to do was head into the mountains to look for him.
One day she tried to escape from an upper floor window, but fell head first and was killed. From the sad story the legend grew. It is said that at full moon, Eliza’s spirit can be found wondering the mountain slopes of the Matroosberg, searching for her first love.
Next time you are in the area, take a country detour with us and enjoy the treats this beautiful valley has to offer you…
- Courtesy Hex River Valley Tourism