McGregor is a historical 19th century village, nestling in the Breede River Valley in a corner of the Riviersonderend Mountains in the Western Cape. It is small but charismatic, with loads of places to stay and things to do. Established in 1861 it was originally called Lady Grey but was renamed in 1905 in honour of the Rev. Andrew McGregor, a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church in the area for over 40 years.
McGregor is home to many artists – painters, potters and jewellery makers – there is an Art Route through the town that takes in no fewer than 10 galleries. It is located in the heart of winemaking country and there are numerous farms in the area that produce wine, olives, lavender and other herbs.
The neighbouring towns of Robertson and Bonnievale are perhaps better known for their wine production, but McGregor is no slouch with its very own Lord’s Winery. Some 12km outside McGregor on the so-called gravel “road to nowhere” you will find Lord’s Wines, well known for its Pinot Noir and reds. Established in 2006 by viticulturist Jacie Oosthuizen, a lover of both cricket and wine, it is a concept based on Lord’s cricket ground in London. Only in McGregor!
The staff at the Tourism Office in Voortrekker Road are well informed and extremely helpful and there are brochures and contact details for all activities in the area. The town is marketed as a “mountain biking heaven” and it is that, a map showing 7 routes available at the Tourism Office or download it here.
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