Since it’s Friday, and I’m sure nobody feels like reading long winded stories and explanations, I’m going to keep it short and sweet.
Should you ever be so lucky to visit South Africa, please keep the ‘road less traveled’ in mind. That is where you find the treasures. In any country, actually. Yes, Cape Town is a gem and a must see, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are both gorgeous with lots of wineries and restaurants. But…
Robertson Wine Valley is one of the most underrated areas when it comes to tourism. Do yourself a favour, put it on your list of places to see when you come this way, you will not be sorry. The Langeberg District is beautiful, with more than 30 wineries most of which are producing world class wines. (I have mentioned some of them in earlier posts.) From here (Robertson) you can visit so many other places in the area – Swellendam (the third oldest town in the country), Montagu, the Overberg District (wheat, sheep and canola), Barrydale, etc.
Remember us! 🙂
(The pictures are of the general area, and a few vineyards.)
We had our first good showers of the season. (Before, we’ve had a few light precipitations – if there is such a word – I wouldn’t really call it rain.)
The night of the 5th, the Western Cape had RAIN. We measured 50mm, a farmer about 25km from us had 100mm, and he reckons there were places in the Overberg that had 250mm!!! Besides everything being properly soaked, there were some damage to roads as well. I’m not going to talk too much, rather show you some pics – we drove around to see the changes and the rivers coming down, as well as checking on some of the damage that was caused by the water.
Have a happy Friday, and a good and safe weekend! 🙂
I thought that I’ll introduce you to my place today.
‘My place’ is a town called Robertson, in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, about 150 km from Cape Town. It is quite a large town, but still has that small-town feeling, which is part of the reason why I chose to buy a house here. The other part is that it is a beautiful area, and I feel very at home here. (It is a major wine making area, that might be why I feel so at home 😉 )
But I’m not going to do a huge amount of talking, I’ll show you in pictures what this area looks like!
The rest of the pictures are of the general area, and I’m not going to explain too much – I’m sure you’ll see why I love living here!
Don’t you think it is a gorgeous place? I’ve got tons more photographs of this area, so be warned, you will see some more in future!
If you would like to know more about this town and the area, please have a look at this page, and you will get an idea of what you can do, where you can stay, and how you can thoroughly enjoy your stay here (bird watching, mountain biking, motor bike tours, olives and olive oil tasting, and so much more!) Also take a look at my Wine Wednesday posts which, of course tells you a little bit more about the wine aspect of the Robertson Wine Valley.
Until next time, stay safe, be happy and keep on planning your next trip! 🙂
I may be wrong, but it seems you guys are not really into the Wine Wednesdays? Do you want to know more about the wine specifically? Please let me know…
Nevertheless, today we are visiting Springfield Estate, just outside of the town Robertson in the Robertson Wine Valley, about 160 km from Cape Town.
I tasted their Miss Lucy wine about 4 year ago when visiting a friend in Pretoria, and loved every sip. Then I bought a house in Robertson, and discovered that Springfield is right on my doorstep! Happy days! 🙂
Springfield wines are really quality, delightful wines. Each and every one brings something to please the palate. The setting of the farm and tasting deck is peaceful and beautiful, and the ideal place to unwind and chill for a while. And best of all, the tasting and cellar tours are free!
Visit them virtually, and see what they are about. From the very first paragraph of their website, you will know that you are onto something good – ” – our need for perfection is driven by our honour – it is our honour that ensures that we will only ever release a vintage that has greatness, and nothing less.”
Amazingly, the farm has been in the hands of the same family since 1898, now flourishing under the vision of the 9th generation of French Huguenot descendants, who arrived in South Africa from the Loire valley in France in 1688.
Their philosophy is to make wine as naturally as possible, and quality is more important than quantity. Six delicious whites to choose from, and five amazing reds. As you browse their website, click on each of the wines to read more about their wine philosophy, and the wines themselves. If you ever come across Springfield wine, treat yourself to a bottle or two, you will be so glad you did! And visit them if you are ever in South Africa – worth a detour.
Wine lovers, I hope you are starting to realize that the Robertson Wine Valley is worth a visit. You can spend a week here, easily, to visit all the estates and enjoy the beauty of the area, and the hospitality of our people.
Please note, I am not getting paid for this post – it is my own attempt to promote the area I live in because I think it is worthy to be ‘on the map’.
Until next time, keep calm and sip a glass of wine. 🙂
The estate I have chosen for today, unfortunately does not sell to international buyers on line. That nearly caused me to not add them to my WW team, but I am also promoting the Robertson Wine Valley and not only the wines.
Viljoensdrift Estate, has its roots in the 1800’s, when the first of the Viljoen family (Villion was the surname of the French Huguenots that landed in the Cape) started planting grapes for wine and brandy making. From 1968- 1998, the farm grew and delivered grapes to the co-op, but when dad Ben stepped down, brothers Fred and Manie decided to start producing their own wines from the excellent grapes they were growing on the farm. The rest, like they say, is history!
Alongside grapes, they also grow deciduous fruits, and they take conservation very seriously by trying to keep as much as possible of the unique natural environment intact as possible. They are committed to the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative, which aims to minimize the loss of threatened natural habitat and to contribute to sustainable wine production, which gives them five stars, in my opinion.
Aside from the fact that the farm is situated on the Breede River in beautiful natural surroundings, Viljoensdrift is well-known for the fact that they are the only farm in the area that does a ferry trip on the river, and it is well worth taking the time to enjoy drifting down the river. You can buy some ‘provisions’ 😉 from their deli on the premises – wine, cold drinks, cheeses, charcuterie, freshly baked sourdough bread, olives, pickles, and much more!
With your nibbles and drinks you can then get onto the ferry, and enjoy an hour or so of peace and quiet, listening and watching the abundance of birds cavorting in and around the water.
If you are planning a trip this way, please have a look at the Viljoensdrift website, to know more about their wines and what they offer you as tourist.
I hope you can begin to understand that should you ever be so lucky to visit South Africa, and you love wine, you cannot miss out on a visit to the Robertson Wine Valley!!!
PS. This is NOT a paid ad, nor am I in any way compensated for this or any of my other wine posts, I am merely trying to promote the area I live in and love!