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; Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson. Our valley is situated a merely 2 hour scenic drive from Cape Town on the renowned Route 62 and nestled between the majestic Langeberg and Riviersonderend mountain ranges with the graceful Breede River running through the valley. Our members are united in our passion to create the most memorable wine and food tourism experiences hosted by our unique, authentic country-charm hospitality.
To position the Robertson Wine Valley amongst the leading wine regions of the world, recognised for its wine, experiences and practices.
Satisfy your wanderlust and head out to the country on the scenic Route62. Explore a wealth of history and authentic wine experiences at the Robertson Wine Valley’s eleventh annual Slow Food & Wine Festival. The Slow festival takes place from 3-5 August 2018 at various wineries and tourism establishments.
Celebrate the unique food and wine offerings and rediscover the romance and magic of wintertime. Warm up in front of the fireplace with red wines and indulge your taste buds with hearty country cuisine using local produce. Indulge in diverse food traditions from vetkoek, curries and waterblommetjie soup to seafood paella, chinese duck and ostrich and kudu inspired dishes. From fine dining and gourmet offerings to farm style platters and picnics.
Run / Walk 5km every Saturday at 08:00 from Robertson Winery. Each competitor must register to Robertson parkrun for free and no need to do it ever again, without the register barcode we will not be able to record your results. This can be done at web http://www.parkrun.co.za/ as soon as our web is life (Three weeks before our opening event). Robertson parkrun is for the community and is organised by the community and therefore belongs to the community, Robertson parkrun core committee play only the leading role in this. More info: Andries Vermeulen 082 924 7076
Launching in 2018, Ceres Rail Company introduce to you the annual Red Devil. A 4 day/3-night train trip from Cape Town to Robertson. Ceres Rail Company, partnering with different accommodation establishments from the Robertson area, will have various packages available to suit your specific needs, style and budget. This track will be the only available track in South Africa to host and carry the famous and one of its kind locomotive, the Red Devil #3450 (originally named L.D Porta after the late Livio Dante Porta, an Argentinian Mechanical Engineer who is considered one of the pioneers of modern steam design).
Available dates: 26 – 29 July | 30 August
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Join us on Saturday mornings for a run through the vineyards and fresh air. Dogs are welcome (on leash).
023 615 1980
Drink in great music and a fantastic atmosphere next to the Breederiver at Viljoensdrift Fine Wines & River Cruises. Live music will be provided by Forest.
Time:12:00 - 16:00
Beatrix Galloway, born and bred in Robertson, joined the Robertson Wine Valley team in November 2015. Graduating from UNISA in Public Relations Management and Events, and completing a course in Marketing and Advertising, Beatrix brings with her a wealth of experience in these fields.
After studies she travelled the world, worked at an attorney’s office for ten years, operated a successful pottery business and moved to McGregor after getting married to her husband Cobus Mouton. After joining the Klipdrift Brand as PR Officer for two years, she joined the Robertson Wine Valley team in 2008.
Jorina Cilliers was born and bred in the Robertson Wine valley. She obtained her national Senior Certificate from Robertson High in 2015 and is currently studying to become a Sommelier at the South African Tourism Academy. She believes that one should always try to make the best out of every situation, because nothing in life comes easy.
PEOPLE: approx. 17500
INDUSTRIES: Agriculture - wine grapes, fruit farming, stock farming. Horse Stud Farms.
Known as the “ small town with a big heart ”, you will be surprised by the warm welcome which awaits you in this quaint country town. With 150 years of history, Victorian buildings and jacaranda-lined streets Robertson has grown into one of the most attractive Cape Winelands towns on Route 62.
With the great variety of attractions, activities, accommodation, and culinary delights on offer, no matter what time of year and no matter whom the visitor, Robertson ensures visitors an unforgettable stay.
The town was named after the Scottish Dutch Reformed Minister, Dr William Robertson. He was based in Swellendam and every 3 months visited the home of Mr Johan van Zijl from the farm Roodezandt to give church services to the families in the area.
In 1852 it was decided that a town be established and Mr van Zijl's farm was purchased for the then enormous sum of 4 200 pounds.
023 626 4437
Monday - Friday 08h00 - 17h00; Saturday 09h00 - 14h00; Sunday & Public Holidays 10h00 - 14h00
INDUSTRIES: Agriculture - Dairy (milk & cheese), wine grapes. Stock farming.
With majestic mountains on the one side and the ever-flowing Breede River on the other, with beautiful fruit and wine farms lining the way, the surrounds invite you into Bonnievale to meet the people who pride themselves for their warmth and unpretentious hospitality.
Here is accommodation for everyone's needs in this beautiful valley - from elegant guesthouses and old farm cottages to riverbank camping-sites. With the beautiful surrounds - what more do you need for a glorious relaxing break, away from the stresses and strains of modern living?
Christopher Rigg (originally from Scotland) married a Robertson district lass and they moved to the Bonnievale area in 1900. They had 3 daughters, but only one survived past infance - Mary Myrtle Rigg.
Sadly she contracted meningitis at age 8 and died. Rigg kept his promise to his daughter and built the small Norman-style church in Bonnievale in her memory.
PEOPLE: approx. 3500
INDUSTRIES: Agriculture - Wine grapes, Olives, Tourism.
This charming, well-preserved mid 19th century village with its quaint, thatched cottages offers plenty outdoor activities, arts & crafts, tranquility and relaxation. Surrounded by mountain trails, fruit orchards, olive groves and vineyards the village has maintained a rural peaceful ambience inspirational to artists.
Visitors are spoiled for choice with a variety of activities on offer, like walking/hiking trails, mountain biking, 4x4 trails, bird watching as well as a pottery studio, art galleries, massage therapies and much more.
Accommodation includes gracious B&B's and rustic self-catering cottages.
The village of McGregor (originally called Lady Grey) was officially proclaimed in 1862 and divided into 2 and a half hectare plots. When these were auctioned it was advertised that the main road to Cape Town from the north owuld probably pass through the village. This never happened, and neither did the planned road over the mountains through the Boesmanskloof pass to Greyton.
023 625 1954
Monday - Friday 09h00 - 13h00; 14h00 - 16h30; Saturday & Public Holidays: 09h00 - 13:00; 14h00 - 16h00 Sunday: 09h00 - 13h00
INDUSTRIES: Agriculture - wine grapes, fruit farming.
The beautiful town of Montagu boasts an experience to satisfy all the senses, and great weather! We are not only famous for our Muscadel and Dried Fruit but health and wellness opportunities, adventure sports, agri-tourism and to top it all a friendly and vibey town with great restaurants and accommodation to suit everybody, from 4 star to budget, farm-stays and camping.
On the other side of the wall lies the little town of Ashton, home of fruit canning and the colourful township of Zolani, a part of the Arts & Crafts Route.
Kogmans (or Cogmans) Kloof is a poort (gorge) through the Langeberg between Ashton and Montagu. It is named after the Cogmans, a Khoi chiefdom that existed in the area around teh beginning of the 18th century. It wasn't until 1877 when Thomas Bain built the Tunnel through the Cogmans Kloof that trade began to develop in the area.
023 614 2728
Monday - Friday: 08h30 - 17h00; Saturday & Public Holidays: 09h00 - 17h00; Sunday: 09h30 - 17h00