Robertson is situated in the Cape Winelands region and is one of the main towns along the popular Route 62. Situated between the Langeberg and Riviersonderend mountains, Robertson slumbers in the Breede River Valley.
The valley has for years been fondly referred to as the ‘valley of wine and roses’. This moniker is derived from the hedges of rose bushes bordering the patchwork of vineyards and road verges in the area. Add the red and yellow of cannas and the effervescent colours of bougainvillea, and the region is rich not only in wine producers but also colour.
Primarily it is the juice of the vine that makes a visit to this town so memorable. In the greater area of Robertston, Bonnievale, Ashton and McGregor there are around 50 wine cellars.
This makes for a vast selection of whites and reds, so there’s sure to be something to please every palate. The town also has the Home of Klipdrift, producer of a popular brandy.
Robertson has streets lined with old jacaranda and oak trees, and the pace of life alternates between busy and laid-back. In the surrounding area, with the mountains and the Breede River as the playground, there are plenty of outdoor activities and scenic drives to fill any spare moments. The town hosts some very popular festivals, including the increasingly popular Wacky Wine Weekend in June.
Look out for
The Home of Klipdrift - producers of a renowned South African brandy. It offers cellar tours and tasting, or you can pop in for a drink in the lounge from Monday to Saturday.
Heritage walkabout – pick up a brochure from the tourism office. This outlines 3 routes of about half an hour each, which take in some of the older buildings in town.
The Museum – situated in Paul Kruger Street, it is worth a visit and usually open mornings only from Monday to Saturday.
Bird’s Paradise - marvel at the colours, sizes and shapes of exotic bird species here. There are outdoor enclosures with waterfowl, farm animals and crocodiles. Alternatively, enjoy the swimming pool and playground. You’ll also find a coffee and curio shop. Open 7 days a week.
Wine tasting – the area around Robertson is blessed with an abundance of wine cellars that will literally take days to enjoy.
River rafting - the Breede River meanders lazily nearby, and provides scenic calm rafting or canoeing, as well as fishing.
Sheilam Cactus and Succulent Garden – the garden was established in the 1950s and today has 3.5 hectares covered by over 2 000 species of cacti, succulents and cycads. Open Monday to Saturday from 08h00 - 17h00.
Soekershof Walkabout - amongst other things there’s the oldest cactus in South Africa, planted in 1910. Also featured are 2 467 succulent species, what is reputedly the largest planted hedge maze in the world, and a labyrinth. It is open from Wed to Sun from 08h00 - 16h00 to look and buy at the nursery.
Viljoensdrift River Cruise – at lunchtime select snacks from the deli and a bottle of Viljoensdrift wine, and settle aboard the ferry for a relaxing cruise on the Breede River. The boat runs from Monday to Saturday.