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Robertson Wine Route, Breede River Valley, Western Cape

Robertson Wine Route, Breede River Valley, Western CapeThe Robertson Wine Route meanders its way through a beautiful valley between the Langeberg and the Riviersonderend Mountains and includes the towns of Robertson, Ashton, Bonnievale and McGregor. Also known as the Robertson Wine Valley or the Breede River Valley there is much to attract tourists and day trippers including river rafting, bird watching, hiking, horse back riding and much more.

Of course wine tasting at some of the best wine estates in South Africa must top the list of things to do in this picturesque part of the Western Cape. In the early days this region was best known for its dessert wines but in the last few decades, major investment and research has turned the area into a major producer of Chardonnays, Sauvigonon Blancs and Cap Classiques and more recently some excellent reds – Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz – have captured the interest of wine lovers throughout the world.

The Robertson Winery, established in 1941, is a unique operation with 35 family wine growers cultivating some 2400Ha of vine supplying the winery with a variety of cultivars making optimal use of the varies terroirs in the valley allowing the winery to produce some of the best value for money wines in the country.

There are a number of very creative and interesting events which take place in the Robertson area – the Whacky Wine Weekend takes place in June every year, the Robertson Slow in August, The Robertson Wine Valley Festival in September and the Wine on the River in October.

Although Montagu is strictly speaking not part of the Breede River Valley (it is actually in Klein Karoo Kannaland), it is close to Ashton and is a beautiful town with many interesting attractions. Don’t miss it.

We have included some of the best wine estates in this area as well as the Klipdrift Brandy Cellar which is not to be missed.

Rietvallei Wine Estate is one of the oldest wine farms in the Robertson Valley. The farm was purchased by Alewyn Burger in 1864 and has passed down through the family to the 5th generation owners, Johnny and his son Kobus. Read more
Zandfliet Wine Estate traces its history back to 1838 when farming in the Robertson Valley first began. It has been in the De Wet family since 1867 and is now run by the fourth generation brothers, Paul and Dan. The estate is in a particularly beautiful location on the Cogmans River with the giant Langeberg Mountains as a backdrop. Read more
Weltevrede has been the Jonker Family Wine Estate since 1912. Although wine is the family’s passion, a visit to the estate will reveal many interesting activities which take place on the estate – art, literature, hikes, a great restaurant and accommodation, fishing, swimming and a vineyard tractor tour. Read more
De Wetshof Wine Estate is situated about 160Km from Cape Town in one of the prime wine growing regions in South Africa – Robertson valley. The De Wet family arrived in the Cape in 1693 and have been involved and at the forefront of the wine industry ever since. Danie De Wet has had an illustrious career and was appointed chairman of KWV in 2004. Read more
Bon Courage Wine Estate is situated at the confluence of 3 rivers in the beautiful Robertson valley. The estate dates back to 1818 and has been run by the Bruwer family for three generations since 1921. Read more
The Klipdrift Brandy Distillery in Robertson is a must do for any brandy lover. Hospitality is the name of the game, whether you are enjoying informative tastings on the tour or are just relaxing and enjoying some good homemade food at the Brandewyntuin Restaurant, you are sure to feel right at home. Read more
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