Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are two of the Western Cape’s most beautiful wine regions. I have had the privilege of exploring both these regions countless times thanks to my love for travelling and good wine. There is another wine region in the Western Cape I have always wanted to explore and I can finally say I did just that. This wine region is the Robertson Wine Valley and after exploring the very ins and outs, here are my suggestions on where to stay and what to do.
The Robertson Wine Valley
The Robertson Wine Valley represents over 50 wineries and tourism establishments from the towns of Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson. The valley is a 2 hour scenic drive from the city of Cape Town and takes you through the Huguenot tunnel along the renowned route 62.
Where to stay in The Robertson Wine Valley?
Windfall Wine is a small boutique wine farm nestled in the beautiful Agterkliphoogte Valley. This small wine farm offers 5 very charming self catering cottages. These cottages are the perfect getaway and ensure a quiet, peaceful escape from the busy city life. There is a swimming pool, braai areas and gorgeous sunsets every evening!
TheLAB is the ultimate country escape with a difference! It combines high-tech automation with eco-centric living. This means that there is a voice-activated automation operating the lights, blinds, shower, music and coffee machine in each room. Together with this there is a beautiful pool with magnificent views, an in-house spa and electric bicycles to go explore the area on.
What to do in The Robertson Wine Valley?
Do a beer tasting @ Four Cousins
Four Cousins has a new tasting room in the heart of Robertson that is definitely a must visit. When you think of Four Cousins, you think of just wine, but this new tasting room offers so many different and exciting tastings. Like a gin tasting, a liqueur tasting, a whiskey tasting and even a beer tasting. Four Cousins brew their own beer #BoetBeer (I love this name) and I must say, it’s really good beer! The beer is brewed using state of the art equipment and the finest mountain water.
Enjoy a cheese platter and wine @ Rietvallei Wine Estate
One of the most beautiful wine farms we have visited is Rietvallei Wine Estate. This very picturesque wine estate is one of the oldest wine farms in the region of Robertson and is home to a range of wines including Muscadel. A very interesting fact is that the Muscadel vine is the oldest of its kind in all South Africa. Visiting this wine farm for a tasting of their Muscadel is definitely worthwhile. While you at it, indulge in one of the best cheese platters you will ever have the joy of eating and pair this with a wine tasting. This was one of the highlights of our visit to Robertson.
Visit a boutique winery @ Lozärn Wines
A visit to Lozärn Wines is an absolute must but just remember this wine farm is open by appointment only. Not only will the winemaker, Salóme, show you around her little winery but she will also share some of the most fascinating stories with you which is told out of true passion. In 2012, Salóme was enjoying a fine Chilean Carménère
with her husband, Sybrand, which led to the planting of a Carménère vineyard two years later on Doornbosch. To read more about this, click here.
Taste The Difference @ Esona Wines
Another absolutely beautiful wine farm in Robertson is Esona Boutique Wine Estate. Esona offers a wine tasting experience like no other. It is a vertical wine tasting in an underground Kuip. The wine is served in Riedel glasses and is paired with Lindt chocolate, local preserves, art and music. This unique experience at Esona is worthy of its own blog post so stay tuned to the blog for this.
Visit SA’s biggest winery @ Van Loveren Wines
Van Loveren is South Africa’s biggest family owned winery. Here you will find a tasting room offering wine tastings, and food and wine pairings. The winery also offers a wide range of activities such as hiking trails, garden tours and cellar tours. I definitely suggest doing a cellar tour. It really is mesmerising to walk through a winery this big.