Sometimes you just have to switch off. Take a time-out, in a place not too far away, where you can inhale grape scented winds and let your cellphone signal falter a little. Somewhere you can find award-winning vines, great food and the best hospitality. After a recent visit to Robertson Wine Valley, I believe I have found that sacred place. A place to swirl, sip, savour, relax – and repeat.
If there is any reason to visit the quaint towns in the valley, it would be for the people who graciously opened up their homes, hearts and wines to spoil our palettes.
Mostly, people go for the wine, that would be number 2 on my list. You never forget great hospitality, that is why it is firmly my number 1. After all, what would great wine be without amazing company to enjoy it with?
The spectacular two-hour drive from Cape Town, would be number 3 on my list.
Robertson wine valley remains a beautiful secret on Route 62, nestled between the Langeberg and the Riviersondered mountains. And the locals are quite happy to be the rustic cousin of the busier, more popular wine valleys of Stellenbosch and Franschoek.
“We get to give our visitors more of our time, a more hands on wine tasting and all-in-all a more pleasant experience,” said Cellarmaster Robert Rosenbach, who owns Tanagra Wine and Guest Farm.
There are so many unique experiences in Robertson Wine Valley, so it’s best to visit for a week and take in all it has to offer. There are guesthouses, hotels and self-catering accommodation that start from R400pp, which is a bargain for what you get to experience.
From top five award-winning olive oil tastings to charcuterie wine farms, and exquisite boutique wineries – your stay is anything but dull. With a river meandering through the towns, there are boat cruises to while away your day or vineyard picnics for a change of scenery.
A little quieter, a lot friendlier and with a little more dirt on the tractor wheels, Robertson Wine Valley’s secret is out – it’s an amazing holiday relaxanation (relax-destination).
Read more about this Fabulous destination with Nidha Narrandes in the November issue of TravelmagSA Finding Fabulous.