Businesses in Grabouw
The town of Grabouw and the Elgin Valley are synonymous with deciduous fruit farming, particularly apples and pears. From the early part of the 20th century, the area has been known for its quality produce, and even today, a large percentage of each harvest is exported. As the region’s core industry is agriculture, supporting industries such as fruit packing and other related businesses are located in the town of Grabouw and surrounds. The Elgin Valley is also known for its wine, and this is an additional element of the overall agricultural sector, along with horticulture (plant cultivation).
The ongoing development of the wine industry, and the popularity of outdoor events in the Elgin Valley have also lead to growth in the tourism sector, which is supported by establishments such as restaurants, accommodation and tour operators in the town of Grabouw itself and the greater Elgin Valley. This also includes establishments as far East as the town of Botrivier, which also falls under the Elgin Valley tourism district.
As tourism is such an important growth sector in Grabouw/Elgin, there are a number of transport companies and tour operators to choose from, and a variety of activities on offer. Mountain biking is a particularly popular activity, and many tour operators offer cycling tours, as well as wine and country tours. A popular wedding destination, there are various venues in the Grabouw and Elgin Valley that can cater to both small and larger groups of guests.
As the Elgin Valley is becoming recognised for its so-called “cool climate” wines, local produce and cider, there are various establishments in the town and surrounds where you can enjoy local food and beverages, and even purchase some to take home. These include the very popular farm stalls along the highway, as well as a number of restaurants and eateries in the valley, many of which focus on sourcing only locally grown and sustainable produce.
Health clinics and a day hospital facility is available in Grabouw, but other medical services are catered for by larger hospitals and medical facilities in the nearby towns of Somerset West, Hermanus or Caledon. Personal care services such as physiotherapy and optometry are available in the town, as well as a local pharmacy. Public services such as the local police station, post office, fire department, public library and a variety of local church parishes can be found in Grabouw. A local petrol station as well as towing services and auto repair services are also available.
There are various education facilities in Grabouw and in the greater Elgin Valley region, including preparatory schools, learning foundations, high schools and colleges. Various real estate agents operate in the area, and can assist with purchasing a variety of properties, both residential and commercial. These include branches of nationwide real estate franchises, or property agents that only operate within Grabouw and the Elgin Valley. There are also architects and design firms in the town that support the building of homes and businesses.
The town of Grabouw and the greater Elgin Valley offer a variety of services to cater for both the established local community and visitors. With an abundance of fresh produce and natural scenery, Grabouw/Elgin is a great place to visit to unwind in the countryside, enjoy local food and wine and take advantage of all the services and facilities that the town has to offer. The local tourism bureau is located right at the entrance to the town, just before you turn left off the N2 highway. At this information centre you can find a wealth of information about facilities and activities in the area.