Hi weirdos, Robertson Wine Valley hosted a #SpringSoiree weekend treating us to some of the best experiences of the valley.
Robertson is one of my most beloved places in the Western Cape. I have visited this phenomenal area about five times and I am ready to visit again.
Robertson is just a two-hour scenic drive from Cape Town. The valley is known for its pristine views, immaculate wines, endless adventures, and friendly people. I am going to share my top things (in no particular order) to do in Robertson with you today and maybe you will see why I love this area this much.
Zandvliet Wine Estate extends across the Cogmans River with the majestic Langeberg Mountains. Not only does Zandvliet produce stunning wines (especially their Shiraz) but they also produce delicious ClemenGold citrus fruit. There is an underground wine cellar tour which is one of the oldest cellars in the area.
You will be intrigued by the archaic structure of the (recently rediscovered) Muscat tanks and the contrasting modern setup of the tasting room. Blend, bottle and label your own wine and conclude your wine expedition with a unique wine and citrus pairing.
Blend 3 of the Zandvliet Cultivars and take home your own-blended bottle of wine. (Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre)
- Min: 2 people
- Max: 20 people
- Duration: 45 minutes
This experience costs around R179 and it is worth every cent. We had so much fun in our group trying to blend the wines and the instructor was helpful.
Zandvliet wine blending
Most of you reading this most likely started drinking wine with Four Cousins Natural Sweet Rose. It’s no surprise as it’s one of those first wine brands that put wine on the map.
We felt nostalgic as we visited this contemporary styled restaurant and tasting room. Spoiled with a round table containing all their different brands and some eclectic pairings. One that really stood out for me was the rosé granita paired with salt and fennel. The interior design and layout of Four Cousin really stood out for me: it’s modern, clean and quite structural. Afterward, we sat in their stunning restaurant and had a filling lunch, the portions are generous.
Paul René makes some of the best MCC in South Africa. The wine tasting section of the estate is smaller than most but the view is quite something.
Henk van Niekerk lives on this estate with his gorgeous family and we got the full house tour. There is lots of natural beauty to be found here. Paul René MCC Brut is made from 100% chardonnay grapes that are handpicked in the early morning and then chilled overnight. Each bottle is fermented for no less than 20 months on the lees, which creates a vibrant mousse, apricot, and green apple freshness, with emphatic & persistent dry finish.
Paul René MCC Brut Rosé made from classic bubbly varieties (75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay), results in a lightly salmon coloured bubbly, refreshing in style and appearance with red, fruity flavours, floral undertones, and silky richness. If you enjoy MCC be sure to try Paul René.
Montagu Country Hotel is the only original Art Deco Hotel that exists in South Africa. About a 30-minute drive from Robertson, this quaint and quirky hotel is a unique experience.
If you are into your cars, you can take a wine tour in a 1956 Cadillac Sedan De Ville, a gutsy 1964 Cadillac Sedan deVille or a classy 1956 De Soto Fireflight Sportsman. There’s a wellness centre onsite as well as pools and a restaurant that will take you back in time. Their menu is filled with local classic cuisine and prepared with local produce. Montaguhas lush vegetation and vivacious character, you can’t go wrong here.
Robertson holds a special place in my heart. I love that its always so clean, the hospitality is great and of course the wines are amazing!
Stay tuned for Part two of this post, hopefully coming soon…
Have you been to Robertson? Let me know in the comments below.
Until next post,