Worcester is one of the largest Boland towns and it goes hand in hand with wine, accompanied by a proud tradition stretching over 250 years. This verdant town offers spectacular scenery beginning at the foot of the Worcester Valley to as far down as the Hex River Valley. Lord Charles Somerset named this place after his older brother – the marquee of Worcester – when it was laid out in the farms Roodewal (red wall) and Langerug (long back) back in 1820.
Surrounded Worcester is the Waaihoek River, the Hex River and the Slanghoek (snake corner) Mountains. Sometimes in winter the peaks of these mountains will be covered in snow, as Worcestor can get very hot in summer, but also very cold in winter. No doubt this climate does wonders for the vineyards, because Worcester’s main economy rests upon its ability to produce world-class wine that are abundantly produces from the surrounding wine estates. Worcestor is also South Africa’s largest producer of brandy by far.
The town itself has a variety of high schools, a technical educational centre, a school for the deaf and blind, as well as ‘n small theatre, an art centre known as the Hugo Naude, as well as three fabulous museums – the Worcester Museum, the Afrikaner Museum and the Boland Amphimuseum.
In Worcester you will also find a modern exhibition complex that is surrounded with replicas of earlier farm buildings. When visiting the complex you’ll be able to enjoy a demonstration of life back in the early 19th century. Not far from here lies Worcestor’s oldest residential house – the farmhouse of the original ‘Kleinplasie’ that has been restored to its former glory. Here you can savour spectacular wine and scrumptious food, as ‘Kleinplasie’ also hoasts a KWV Bistro restaurant. View Larger Map