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- Breedekloof and Breede River Valley
Beyond the Du Toit’s Kloof mountain range near the town of Paarl lies the farming region of the Breede River Valley. This wine and fruit rich area has its own micro-climate meaning that on a rainy and cloudy day in Cape Town, one may experience blue skies and sunshine within an hour of the city centre. Travelling through the 12 km long tunnel, the longest in South Africa, one enters an area of dramatic mountain gorge scenery. The awe-inspiring mountain peaks and clear river below are a must see experience.
In winter, large waterfalls cascade down the sheer cliffs and into the nearby river systems. We take a coffee / comfort break at this point. Have your cameras handy.
We then drive through various farmlands until we arrive at Robertson, a distance covered in approximately 1 hour.
Surrounded by the Langeberg mountain range, the farming town of Robertson, founded in 1853 offers a large array of red and white wines and due to the region’s warm climate, Muscadel and dessert wines are successfully produced.
Our first stop is for a brandy tasting at one of the largest brandy producers in SA, namely KWV who also produce excellent wines.
We take a tour of a number of interesting national monuments in town, such as the Pink Church dating back to 1859 as well as two houses dating back to the early 1900s. These are the Edwardian and Victorian museums. We wind up our visit of Robertson with a visit to the Powder House, Kruithuis, a gun powder magazine built in 1860.
We then head off to a unique cactus farm. This farm grows and sells many varieties of cacti from around the world and I’m sure you will find this a unique experience.
Ever wondered how essential oils are produced? We visit The Owl’s Rest for a private tour. Time for lunch at Mo and Rose. Excellent cuisine set in beautiful gardens.
It’s time then, to sample an award wining Shiraz at the Zandvliet Wine Estate. A full-bodied red, brimming with fruit this wine is a real winner. A unique gin, flavoured with mandarins is also produced here and worthy of a taste. Wines and spirits are available for purchase and all estates we visit. We then head off to our accommodation for the evening.
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After a leisurely breakfast we head off to Viljoensdrift for a one hour boat cruise meandering along the Breede River. Wild Yellowwood and olive trees flank the river along with a large variety of bird species. Excelsior Wine Estate is next on the list. Here you have the unique opportunity in this area of blending, bottling and labelling your very own wine creation.
And now for something completely different!
On Wednesdays and Saturdays the famous Montagu Tractor Trip situated on a Protea farm, takes visitors up the Langeberg mountains reaching an altitude of 1500m above sea level. Spectacular views of the Robertson valley awaits you after which a typical South African stew lunch is served from large 3 legged cast iron pots, called Potjiekos. Delicious!
With bellies full and good times had, we make our way back to the Cape after an action packed stay.