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Robertson Wine Valley

The Robertson Wine Valley Association was formed in 1983 to cohesively improve the local wine industry, promote the valley as a tourism destination and uplift the community.

Today we proudly represent over 50 wineries and tourism establishments from the towns of Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson.

The valley is situated a mere two-hour scenic drive away from Cape Town, on the renowned Route 62. Located between the majestic Langeberg and Riviersonderend mountain ranges, the graceful Breede River runs through the valley.

Our members are united in their passion to create the most memorable wine and food tourism experiences, complemented by our unique, authentic, country-charm hospitality.

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Adventure

Activities in the valley include boat trips and rafting on the Breede River. Horse, tractor & farm rides, game drives, 4x4 routes, skydiving and mountain climbing. Our valley also boasts with multiple hiking and biking trails in the surrounding mountains. 

Events

The annual Wacky Wine Weekend festival is a major event on the Robertson Wine Valley calendar. For this festival, more than 40 wine farms and tourist establishments gather to showcase the valley’s award-winning wines over a four-day period. In addition to Wacky Wine Weekend, we also have three other popular festivals in the valley throughout the year: Visitors will get the chance to get down to earth with the Hands-on Harvest festival in February or discover the romance of food and wine at the Slow food & wine festival in August. Our festival calendar concludes with the Wine on The River Festival in October where spring and fine wines are celebrated.

Food

Robertson is one of those country towns with a variety of eateries that far exceeds its apparent size. Foodies will be pleasantly surprised at the variety of options in our valley which ranges from casual family restaurants in town, wine farms offering delis, picnics & platters and much more.

Relax

Take a fresh breath of country-air and relax at numerous health and wellness spa’s and resorts in the area. From hot springs to garden tours and bird watching to couples’ massages and strolls through the towns.

Stay

Robertson Wine Valley is a welcoming region that offers visitors an exhilarating variety of accommodation to choose from. From well-appointed boutique hotels and guesthouses to rustic cottages hidden under the shadow of the mountains. There truly is something for everybody. Expect a full range of prices and a variety of unique experiences to suit every taste and pocket. See more information: http://robertsonwinevalley.com/robertson-accommodation-places-to-stay

Things To Do

The Robertson Wine Valley offers a range of activities for family folk, wine enthusiast, adventure lovers, foodies and the romantic at heart. Here everybody will be able to explore and discover their hearts desires.

Things To See And Do

  • Wine tastings and cellar tours
  • Wine and food pairings
  • Authentic wine experiences
  • Country cuisines
  • Variety of Camping to Luxury lodging
  • Health and wellness experiences
  • Cultural heritage
  • Active wellness
  • Wine festivals throughout the year
  • Discovering hidden gems of local produce
  • Animal parks

Wine Tasting

The Robertson Wine Valley offers visitors a variety of wine-tasting experiences, from robust, well-priced reds to smaller, boutique offerings.

Robertson boasts with a unique soli types (terroir) that contributes to the outstanding wine produced here:

TERROIR : A vast number of different terroirs can be found in our valley which are influenced by differences in soil type, aspect.

SOILS:  The soils of the Robertson Wine Valley are quite variable, but can be grouped into two main categories: Soil derived from transported material which includes the sandy and loamy alluvial soil, as well as the red clay loam and clay “Karoo” soils. Residual soils which include the shale soils of the Malmesbury and Bokkeveld soil families. The red clay loam and clay Karoo soils are the most dominant soil types in the wine valley and are often very calcareous. The water holding capacity of these soils is very good and the potential of growing quality wine on these soils are very high.

SPRING :  The beginning of spring is the beginning of a new growing season in the vineyards. New shoots start emerging from the dormant buds and active growth commences. Spring is a very active time in the vineyards and activities such as fertilizing, shoot thinning and preventative sprays against fungal diseases takes place during this time. Shoot thinning is an activity where unnecessary and unwanted shoots are removed by hand in order to create a canopy microclimate which will be beneficial for wine quality. In areas where vine growing without supplementary irrigation is not possible, growers will also start irrigating during the spring period. Towards the end of October and beginning of November the vines flower and after berry set the new bunches will start to develop. Other canopy management activities towards the end of spring include shoot positioning and tipping the growing tip of shoots in order to control growing vigour.

SUMMER: During summer time, the irrigation demand reaches its peak and more frequent irrigation is necessary. Growers continue with their preventative sprays against fungal diseases, normally until the beginning of January – depending on the weather conditions of that season. Berry development takes place during summer and at the end of December and beginning of January veraison occurs. Veraison is that stage in berry development where berries start to soften and the berries of red wine varieties start to colour red. Summer time is also harvest time and picking of grapes will commence from the end of January. Different grape varieties will ripen at different stages during the summer. Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc are examples of early ripening varieties, while Cabernet Sauvignon is a late ripening variety.

AUTUMN: Autumn sees the end of harvest, with the later ripening varieties which will be harvested during March and the beginning of April. Some of the post-harvest activities that take place in our vineyards during autumn are the following: Post harvest fertilizing, post-harvest disease control in high disease pressure situations and post-harvest irrigation. The irrigation demand has dropped off considerably and less irrigation is necessary during this time.

WINTER: The main activity on a wine farm during winter is pruning. Pruning will commence during June and can continue up to the end of August. During pruning the vine is cut back severely and 8 to 10 two bud spurs are all from the current season’s growth which will be left on the cordon of a vine. Planting of new vineyards will commence at the end of winter. Winter is also the time for repairs to irrigation systems, trellis systems and time for holiday.


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