The Robertson Wine Valley is situated about 175km from Cape Town and is located in the demarcated Wine of Origin "district" Robertson. According to this legislation we have 9 "wards": Agterkliphoogte, Bonnievale, Boesmansrivier, Eilandia, Hoopsrivier, Klaasvoogds, Le Chasseur, McGregor and Vinkrivier. While wineries located in these wards can certify their wine as "wine of origin (eg) Agterkliphoogte", it is more common for them to use the "wine of origin Robertson" certification as this currently enjoy best recognition. Altitude approx. 181m
TERROIR : In the central part of the valley, alongside the Breede River the landscape is reasonably “flat” and terroir is mainly determined by difference in soil type, as the meso-climate and aspect in this part of the valley are very similar. Towards the foothills of the Langeberg and Sonderend mountain ranges, the landscape changes to that of rolling hills. In these areas a vast number of different terroirs can be found, which are influenced by differences in soil type, aspect and therefore also difference in meso-climate.
SOILS: The soils of the Robertson Wine Valley are quite variable, but can be grouped into two main categories:
- Soil derived from transported material which includes the sandy and loamy alluvial soil, as well as the red clay loam and clay “Karoo” soils.
- Residual soils which include the shale soils of the Malmesbury and Bokkeveld soil families. The red clay loam and clay Karoo soils are the most dominant soil types in the wine valley and are often very calcareous. The water holding capacity of these soils is very good and the potential of growing quality wine on these soils are very high. The water holding capacity of the shale soils depend on the state of weathering. On the highly weathered sites the water holding capacity is excellent. On sites where weathering has not been that advanced, the water holding capacity varies from moderate to low.