McGregor - the hidden gem in the Cape Winelands

Tucked away in a valley about 21km from Robertson you will discover the historic and populated with thatched roofed houses tranquil town of McGregor. With old charming buildings lining the streets, you will feel miles away from reality and the bustle of everyday life. Known for its relaxing atmosphere and friendly locals, McGregor is as therapeutic as it is beautiful.

With a number of experiences to enjoy for both young and old, it is a town to enjoy no matter what your age or interests. 

As you enter McGregor you will find Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary, which is known as the “old age home” for a number of different donkeys and is the only one of its kinds in the Western Cape! Perfect day out for the kids. Learn the interesting history and name of each donkey and you bound to fall in love with one if not more as you meet them all in their natural environment. 

For the olive lovers, Rhebokskraal Olive Estate Shop is the perfect stop. With a number of olive specialties to choose anything from olive tapenades to jams, each with its own unique flavour and carefully spiced olives, it’s hard just to choose one. The interesting process of farming olives will leave you feeling intrigued and gather a new love for them. Also if you have never tried organic juice, this is the perfect place to start your obsession. 

Just outside of this charming town on a gravel road lies a stretch of green vineyards and a large unique structure. Located 500m above sea level making it the highest wine estate in the Robertson wine valley, this is Lord’s Winery and where some of the best wines can be tasted in McGregor. Enjoy a personal cellar tour and wine tasting as you take in the views. 

McGregor has its own movie house, visit Wahnfried, its own unique and charming movie theatre not showcasing the latest movies, but all the golden oldie feature films which are aired on Fridays at 5.15pm for 5.30pm and live musical concerts and a number of cultural events on set dates.

Esona Boutique Wine Estate does things differently, why not discover an underground cellar tour and chocolate wine tasting in an old cellar all by candlelight. It sounds spooky and romantic at the same time. 

Van Loveran Wine Farm has lots of fun things to do for both wine lovers and kids! Explore the garden where each tree has a unique story. Enjoy one of their many wine pairings and there are alcohol free kiddies options too, with tasty grape juice paired with fun sweet treats. Other interesting activities includes a delicious meal at Christina’s, MTB trials and hiking trails. A full day of fun can be spent at this unique wine farm. 

There is a trendy coffee shop in Robertson serving some the best coffees in town. Strictly Coffee, roasts some of the best coffees in the world and serves up the freshest cakes. 

Karoux Restaurant is a small, charming and romantic bistro in the middle of McGregor. The lovely couple that runs it has a true passion for food and has a mantra that they stand by ‘come as a stranger, leave as a friend’. With a menu that changes almost every day, it’s easy to see why Eat Out voted this restaurant the best bistro in the Western Cape for 2015. 

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McGregor has its own movie house, visit Wahnfried, its own unique and charming movie theatre not showcasing the latest movies, but all the golden oldie feature films.

McGregor is the perfect town to discover on foot. Discover its hidden gems as you make your way through its old streets and buildings, meeting the locals and being inspired by their stories.