by Theresa Lozier
This Easter weekend I got to kick off my normal routine and hit the road for a day trip from Cape Town to Robertson. Wanting to avoid the traffic and enjoy a countryside view, my boyfriend and I drove along the N1 to the R60. Just an hour and a half outside of Cape Town, Robertson is full of wine farms and beautiful country roads lined with signature red blooms that frame vineyard views and seem to extend to the base of the mountains far off in the distance.
Many of the wine farms seem quite relaxed and carefree – you’re welcome to pack a picnic basket and spend time enjoying the lovely grounds, some of which have farmyards of Springbok and horses, lakes presided over by ducks, freshwater fish and birdsong, or views of the Breede River. The wine farms are diverse – you can choose between farms with manor houses from the late 17th century, fancy internationally owned operations with modern design, or South Africa’s 3rd largest producer housed in a rather industrial / factory-type setting.
The wines on offer are diverse as well – world-class shiraz and red blends, Cap Classique, barrel-fermented chardonnay, and more. The experience is so relaxed that if you’re adventurous you can take a short walk off the beaten path. Instead of going straight to the tasting room, walk around the back and see the raw side of the operations – you can easily chat to the farm workers while you watch them go about their business, take in the smells and the sounds, and try to understand the process that results in beautiful wines. Above all, you’ll walk away feeling like you’ve discovered something new.