A couple of weekends ago some friends invited us join them on their parents’ farm in Roberston. What an awesome idea! Just over an hours drive away, and yet you feel like you are in another world.
Robertson, the small town with the big heart and the Breede River running right through the middle of the valley, is very well-known for their great wines, specifically the white wines. There are loads of outdoor activities, beautiful guest houses and riverside lodges, and of course the wine farms and their festivals. Tagging along with a few locals definitely helps you find all the good spots and so on this weekend we were treated to an awesome wine tour of the valley.
Better known for their white wines, and in particular Sauvignon Blancs, this was our varietal of choice for Saturday’s wine tour. The warm weather was superb and the chilled white wines were a treat.
First stop was Viljoensdrift to hop on the boat cruise, I think it runs every hour or so. Fill your basket with cheese and biscuits from the deli and a bottle of their Anchor Drift Dry White (an easy drinking lunch wine) and enjoy a relaxing cruise up and back down the river. A great way to start the day.
Our next stop was Springfield Estate, which has a big dam right next to the tasting room. We bought two different Sav Bs (to compare against each other) and sat at one of the tables under the trees next to the water. An absolutely beautiful setting and this farm really does know how to make a good wine.
The Life from Stone Sauvignon Blanc was sweeter with more tropical flavours, while the Special Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc (made from the best block of the vines) had more green asparagus flavours, with a well-rounded finish. We enjoyed a bottle of their Wild Berry Cabernet Sauvignon over the Christmas period which was delicious. But I must say, the Special Cuvee was definitely one of the favourites and Springfield is definitely one of the Robertson farms I’ll being taking friends back to.
Last stop for the day was Van Loveren, unfortunately Christina’s kitchen was closed for lunch orders and so we sat outside the wine tasting area and again chose two different Sav Bs – The easy drinking Tangled Tree with tropical flavours and the more impressive Christina Van Loveren Sauvignon Blanc. Van Loveren has a lovely relaxed atmosphere, with the tasting room extending out towards the garden, along the paving and towards Christina’s Bistro (which often has live music on a Sunday lunch). A great spot for a lazy afternoon.
All in all, a lovely relaxing weekend in the beautiful town of Robertson. A delicious array of Sauvignon Blancs, beautiful scenery and unique atmosphere at each of the farms visited. When you get the chance, book yourself a weekend away in this valley, it will be well worth it. And don’t forget to diarise their wine festivals – Wacky Wine (first weekend of June), Wine on the River (October), Roberston Slow (August) and the Hands on Harvest Festival (February).
ROBERTSON WINE VALLEY
R62, between Langeberg & Riviersonderend, about 2 hour drive from Cape Town
VILJOENSDRIFT FINE WINES
Travel through Robertson, turn right onto the R317 towards Bonnievale, farm on your right
Tel: +27 23 615 1017
Travel through Robertson, turn right onto the R317 towards Bonnievale, 2.4km on your right
Tel: +27 23 626 3661
S 33° 49’ 46.68” E 19° 54’ 58.92”
VAN LOVEREN FAMILY CELLAR
Open on Sundays
Travel through Robertson and turn right onto the R317 towards Bonnievale (you can’t miss it)
Tel: +27 23 615 1505