T023-626 3167, http://www.robertsonwinevalley.co.za.
The Robertson Valley is home to 10% of South Africa’s vineyards, and produces excellent Chardonnays and several good Muscadets. Ask about the Food and Wine Festival held every October; it’s an excellent chance to sample the region’s varied fresh produce.
This wine route follows the Breede River Valley and embraces the districts of Robertson, McGregor, Bonnievale and Ashton. In total there are 48 cooperatives and estates open to the public. The greatest concentration is found along the R317 as it follows the Breede River between Robertson and Bonnievale.
One of the most welcoming estates along the wine route is Van Loveren T023-615 1505, http://www.vanloveren.co.za, Mon-Fri 0830-1700, Sat 0930-1300. Try their Blanc de Noir wines. Tastings are conducted in a restored rondavel set in the middle of a colourful garden. Guests are allowed to taste the full range and someone is always close at hand to assist with any queries.
The Bon Courage Estate 9 km from Robertson along the R317, T023-626 4178, http://www.boncourage.co.za, Mon-Fri 0800-1700, Sat 0900-1500, is best known for their award- winning Chardonnays and wine tasting is in an old Cape Dutch whitewashed building or on the lawns. Café Maude is open for lunch. Robertson T023-626 3059, www.robertson winery.co.za, Mon-Fri 0800-1700, Sat-Sun 0900-1500, is the oldest winery in the area. The shop and processing plant are located on Voortrekker Road. During the harvest time you can see tractor loads of grapes being delivered to the town.
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