Barrydale is a village located on the border of the Overberg and Klein Karoo regions. It is situated at the northern end of the Tradouw’s pass which winds its way through the mountains to Swellendam.
Barrydale’s history dates back to the early 18th century when farmers moved into the area looking for fertile arable land with water.
As the farmers in the area were encouraged to plant vineyards and orchards, it was natural that a winery and distillery would eventually be built. In 1940 the Barrydale Koöperatiewe Wynkelder was formed and a distillery established giving rise to the wine industry in the area.
Over the years the village grew and eventually, a municipality was established in 1921. The population increases dramatically in the tourist season, with visitors drawn by arts and crafts displays including textiles, jewelry and African souvenirs.
The annual Barrydale Spring Festival in October is an important event on the town’s calendar. The Joseph Barry Tradouw Pass Half Marathon attracts a large number of runners who compete over a 21 km course through the pass.
There are many private and state reserves in the area such as the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve. The area is famous for its hotwater springs: Warmwaterberg is a mere 20kms away and worth every km.
In Barrydale there is a cellar that makes THE WORLDS NO 1 POTSTILL BRANDY. There are a number of hikes to go on. The town is filled with artists, wine makers and a host of other very interesting people you are bound to meet around every corner.
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