While quaint and picturesque, Bonnievale is not as well-known as the other towns that lie in the Breede Valley. The reason for this, many have discerned, is that it is entirely bypassed by Route 62 – the longest wine route in the world. Being located in the shadow of the Langeberg Mountains to the North-East, it is a small wonder why it’s considered the region’s hidden gem. It has been dubbed as the valley’s best kept secret as it boasts scenic vistas of the sprawling Langeberg Mountains; produces some quality wines and is the home base for South Africa’s leading cheese manufacturer, Parmalat.
Unbeknownst to many is that the town is referred to as the ‘Valley of Wine and Cheese’. In the area, there are four wine estates, two private wine producers and a couple of co-operative wine cellars. Connoisseurs will enjoy the eclectic assortment of varietals – where old vintages, as well as a new generation of boutique wines, can be sampled. As wine tourism is central to the economy, farmers will gladly show visitors around their property, giving one informative tidbits about the wines that are harvested and the history of their farms.
There are two cheese factories based in Bonnievale – Mooivallei Suiwel and Parmalat. Cheese-lovers and individuals who enjoy their share of dairy products will be familiar with the name brand ‘Parmalat’. For three years running, the dairy and food corporation has won the title of ‘cheese manufacturer of the year’.
If you don’t have enough time to wonder through the town but are looking to stock up on your wine collection, take a quick pit stop at the Von Wijngarten Wine Boutiek. Here you will find all of the wines produce in Bonnievale. If wine is not what you’re looking for, however, ask the owners about their town-famous ‘Tim Jan’. Considered a ‘wonder juice’ by the locals, this homemade aloe and grape juice is said to cure a wide range of bodily ailments – from aches and pains to sniffles.
If you’ve overindulged in wine-drinking and cheese-nibbling, make your way to De Ouwe Werf Market for a quick break. This weekly market provides you with all the usual artisanal wares you can think of, include fresh bread and rolls, pastries and freshly brewed coffees. You can also peruse through and purchase various non-edible wares, including antiques and hand-made crafts.
Self-Catering Accommodation in a beautiful setting on the banks of the Breede River in Bonnievale.
5 minutes from the centre of Bonnievale.
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If you like wine, antiques and fishing, Bonnievale is the dorpie to visit. I like all three so was a very happy camper!! Ate dinner at Filly & Vine and it was nothing spectacular but was good enough. Friendly owner and staff. Lots of antique shops with great variety of stock at reasonable prices. All in all a quaint little town with mainly locals hanging around and not over run by tourists.
- Daniel Obrist
Never knew we had such beautiful surroundings on our doorstep.
- Maria Vasconselos
Bonnievale is a very quaint town and sits along the breede river. It is surrounded by the wine lands which makes it so special.
- Franchesca Dixon
- Andriesa Smith
Such a lovely town! Very neat and the people are very friendly. Will certainly visit again.
- Wilma Koekemoer