Wine Tasting in Robertson
The Robertson Wine Valley is known for producing great Chardonnays, owing to the terrior’s high limestone content. But as a wine destination, you should really experience all the wines on offer.
The valley, which consists of Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Montague, is home to over 62 wine farms, ranging from small family-run vineyards to some of South Africa’s biggest wine producers. These are just a few of the special farms you should visit when wine tasting in Robertson.
Excelsior Wine Estate
If you’ve ever contemplated making your own wine, then you have to visit Excelsior Wine Estate and attempt making your very own red wine blend. First taste the three wines on offer to blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz, then tinker your own blend according to your very own preferences. Once done, you even get to bottle and label your creation for keepsake!
If you would rather leave the winemaking to the pros then we would recommend a tasting of there reserve range, especially a glass of the Evanthuis Cabernet Sauvignon.
Location: R317 Ashton
Hours: Monday – Friday 10h00 – 16h00 | Saturday 10h00 – 15h00
Esona Boutique Wines
Experience a unique wine tasting experience in the farms’s 95-year-old building, underground in the building’s wine fermentation cement tanks, kuips. Become an educated wine fundi and compare two vintages of their single vineyard limited release wines. For those who believe any glass is good enough to drink wine from, you must do their Riedel glass pairing with Lindt chocolates and local preserves.
Location: R317 between Robertson & Bonnievale
Hours: Monday – Friday 09h00 – 17h00 | Sundays & Public Holidays: 10h00 – 16h00
At the sleek redesigned Four Cousins establishment there are over a dozen pairings you can choose from that go against convention, but work wonderfully well, especially if you prefer the sweeter things in life. Although, you may recognise Four Cousins as a wine producer you will be pleasantly surprised by the beer and biltong pairing, infused gin tasting and the Scottish Cousin whiskey pairing. Once you’ve picked a favourite drink head we would definitely recommend a meal at their restaurant.
Location: 3 Kromhout Str, Robertson
Hours: Monday – Friday 08h30 – 17h30 | Saturday 09h30 – 16h00 | Sunday 11h – 15h00
If you happen to be spending a night at Jan Harmsgat, which we recommend, be sure to book a wine tasting experience. All the wines produced on the farm are single block, with only a few thousand bottled. During the colder months enjoy your tasting inside the over 200-year old building in front of the fire, or enjoy the views of the countryside out on the terrace. What makes Jan Harmsgat wine unique must be it’s location, it borders the Karoo, as well as the coast, giving the Chardonnay and Cabernet distinct flavours.
Location: R60 District Bonnievale
Hours: Monday – Friday 09h00 – 17h00, by Appointment
Make a pit stop at Rooiberg Winery – make lifelong commitments at the lovers lock fence, snap a pic of South Africa’s biggest red chair but don’t forget to taste their award-winning wines.
Rooiberg’s claim to fame in the Robertson Valley is their range of Pinotage, with five different styles to choose from. If you’re a Sauvignon fan you must sample their Sauvignon Blanc. Unlike the coastal varietals, it has a fruity tropical profile that you may not be used to. If you’re looking for a wine gift for someone with a sweet tooth, their Muscadel holds a 4-star Platters rating and comes in a beautiful gift box.
Hours: Monday – Friday 08h00 – 17h00 | Saturday 09h00 – 16h00
Paul René at The Wonderfontein Estate
The beautiful family-run Wonderfontein farm is home to Paul René MCC. This boutique bubbly producer is bringing French Champagne traditions to Robertson. Named after their son (a French tradition of naming after a person), Paul René MCC Brut is made from 100 % Chardonnay grapes, another ode to the French way.
Not only is the MCC exquisite to drink but the packaging is beautiful, order a case and it comes delivered in a pastel pink and white treasure chest, perfect for gifting.
Don’t miss the Paul René MCC Splash of Pink Festival that takes place every October.
Location: Wonderfontein Wine Estate
Hours: Monday – Friday 08h00 – 17h00, by appointment
Kalkveld at Zandvliet Estate
Kalkveld Lounge offers a citrus and wine synergy pairing and a wine blending experience. Charcuterie boards and cheese platters are also available. If you would like to stay at Zandvliet, you can currently book accommodation at Enon House (the director’s house) directly with the farm. Renovations to the Manor House begin in September 2018 and will be ready to receive guests in September
Location: Zandvliet Rd, Ashton
Hours: Monday – Friday 09h00 – 17h00 | Saturday & Public Holidays 10h00 – 17h00
Mont Blois Wine Estate
Although the Mont Blois Wine Estate does not, as of yet, have a dedicated tasting, their X collection of wines deserve some recognition. Produced by winemaker Nina-Mari, who also happens to be one of the few female winemakers in the region; mother, wife and Iron Woman extraordinaire. They are in the process of setting up a tasting room (we can’t wait) but for now tastings are on Nina-Mari’s stoep at the family manor house by appointment only.
Rietvallei Wine Estate
Wide open spaces, beautiful mountain views and world-class wines are waiting to welcome you at the historic Estate. Rietvallei Wine Estate counts among South Africa’s oldest family-owned wine estates, and was one of the first wine farms established in the picturesque Robertson Wine Valley.
Rietvallei lies in the Klaasvoogds ward, a region with unique soil structures and climatic influences ideal for wine grape cultivation. The Manor House, built in 1940, which was the home of the Burger family for many years, was remodelled and transformed into the new tasting centre, venue facilities and offices. So now a visit to the farm will literally take you into the family home, where you can sit back, relax and enjoy a fine selection of award-winning wines.
Location: R60 Robertson
Hours: Monday – Friday 08h30 – 17h00 | Saturday & Public Holidays 10h00 – 14h00
Springfield Estate wines are all single vineyard wines and are the greatest expression of the estate. Each vineyard is planted in a specific site according to the effect the terroir will have on the finished wine.
Location: R317 Robertson
Hours: Monday – Friday 08h00 – 17h00 | Saturday 09h00 – 15h00
The Van Loveren Estate forms part of the Rietief family vineyard. Before you visit to the tasting room, check out a whole host of activities offered at the farm. Enjoy a walk around the grounds and learn about the history of the farm during a garden tour. For the more active there are a number of MTB traills for cyclists, as well as trail runs.
At the tasting room at Van Loveren you can choose to do a tasting with a selection of, nibbles or a plattter. To finish, visit Christina’s Bistro to enjoy your wine with a woodfired pizza.
Location: R317, between Bonnievale & Robertson, Klaasvoogds
Hours: Monday – Friday 08h30 – 17h00 | Saturday 09h00 – 16h00 | Sunday 11h30 – 15h30
Experience Robertson from underground at Weltevrede with a guided tour of the tunnels. It includes a wine tasting by candlelight in the cisterns that were built generations ago with stones brought up from the Breede River by donkey cart.
Location: R317 Bonnievale Weltevrede Estate
Hours: Monday – Friday 08h00 – 17h00 | Saturday 09h00 – 15h30
The De Wetshof estate boasts many fine vintages but they’re most famous for their range of Chardonnay, due to the pioneering role it played in introducing this burgundy grape to the country. Each vineyard on the estate has a different composition of soil that ranges from rocky mountain gravel to riverside clay. All have a high limestone content, which is a key factor when producing wines with fruit balance. With its crisp white buildings, rose bushes and jacaranda trees, the Estate has become a well-known landmark in the Robertson wine valley.
Location: R 317 Robertson
Hours: Monday – Friday 08h30 – 17h00 | Saturday 09h30 – 13h00
The Graham Beck Estate has become a stalwart, producing some of South Africa’s finest Méthod Cap Classiques and gaining international recognition. The Graham Beck Cap Classique portfolio comprises three tiers – The Non Vintage Collection, The Vintage Collection and The Prestige Collection. Each of these wines demonstrates its own authentic character, with exceptional individual attributes.
Location: R62 Robertson
Hours: Monday – Friday 09h00 – 17h00 | Saturday & Sunday 10h00 – 16h00