The Robertson Wine Valley association was formed in 1983 to cohesively improve the local wine industry, promote the valley as a tourism destination and uplift the community. Today we proudly represent over 50 wineries and tourism establishments from the towns; Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson. Our valley is situated a merely 2 hour scenic drive from Cape Town on the renowned Route 62 and nestled between the majestic Langeberg and Riviersonderend mountain ranges with the graceful Breede River running through the valley. Our members are united in our passion to create the most memorable wine and food tourism experiences hosted by our unique, authentic country-charm hospitality.
To position the Robertson Wine Valley amongst the leading wine regions of the world, recognised for its wine, experiences and practices.
PEOPLE: approx. 17500
INDUSTRIES: Agriculture - wine grapes, fruit farming, stock farming. Horse Stud Farms.
Known as the “ small town with a big heart ”, you will be surprised by the warm welcome which awaits you in this quaint country town. With 150 years of history, Victorian buildings and jacaranda-lined streets Robertson has grown into one of the most attractive Cape Winelands towns on Route 62.
With the great variety of attractions, activities, accommodation, and culinary delights on offer, no matter what time of year and no matter whom the visitor, Robertson ensures visitors an unforgettable stay.
The town was named after the Scottish Dutch Reformed Minister, Dr William Robertson. He was based in Swellendam and every 3 months visited the home of Mr Johan van Zijl from the farm Roodezandt to give church services to the families in the area.
In 1852 it was decided that a town be established and Mr van Zijl's farm was purchased for the then enormous sum of 4 200 pounds.
023 626 4437
Monday - Friday 08h00 - 17h00; Saturday 09h00 - 14h00; Sunday & Public Holidays 10h00 - 14h00
INDUSTRIES: Agriculture - Dairy (milk & cheese), wine grapes. Stock farming.
With majestic mountains on the one side and the ever-flowing Breede River on the other, with beautiful fruit and wine farms lining the way, the surrounds invite you into Bonnievale to meet the people who pride themselves for their warmth and unpretentious hospitality.
Here is accommodation for everyone's needs in this beautiful valley - from elegant guesthouses and old farm cottages to riverbank camping-sites. With the beautiful surrounds - what more do you need for a glorious relaxing break, away from the stresses and strains of modern living?
Christopher Rigg (originally from Scotland) married a Robertson district lass and they moved to the Bonnievale area in 1900. They had 3 daughters, but only one survived past infance - Mary Myrtle Rigg.
Sadly she contracted meningitis at age 8 and died. Rigg kept his promise to his daughter and built the small Norman-style church in Bonnievale in her memory.
PEOPLE: approx. 3500
INDUSTRIES: Agriculture - Wine grapes, Olives, Tourism.
This charming, well-preserved mid 19th century village with its quaint, thatched cottages offers plenty outdoor activities, arts & crafts, tranquility and relaxation. Surrounded by mountain trails, fruit orchards, olive groves and vineyards the village has maintained a rural peaceful ambience inspirational to artists.
Visitors are spoiled for choice with a variety of activities on offer, like walking/hiking trails, mountain biking, 4x4 trails, bird watching as well as a pottery studio, art galleries, massage therapies and much more.
Accommodation includes gracious B&B's and rustic self-catering cottages.
The village of McGregor (originally called Lady Grey) was officially proclaimed in 1862 and divided into 2 and a half hectare plots. When these were auctioned it was advertised that the main road to Cape Town from the north owuld probably pass through the village. This never happened, and neither did the planned road over the mountains through the Boesmanskloof pass to Greyton.
023 625 1954
Monday - Friday 09h00 - 13h00; 14h00 - 16h30; Saturday & Public Holidays: 09h00 - 13:00; 14h00 - 16h00 Sunday: 09h00 - 13h00
INDUSTRIES: Agriculture - wine grapes, fruit farming.
The beautiful town of Montagu boasts an experience to satisfy all the senses, and great weather! We are not only famous for our Muscadel and Dried Fruit but health and wellness opportunities, adventure sports, agri-tourism and to top it all a friendly and vibey town with great restaurants and accommodation to suit everybody, from 4 star to budget, farm-stays and camping.
On the other side of the wall lies the little town of Ashton, home of fruit canning and the colourful township of Zolani, a part of the Arts & Crafts Route.
Kogmans (or Cogmans) Kloof is a poort (gorge) through the Langeberg between Ashton and Montagu. It is named after the Cogmans, a Khoi chiefdom that existed in the area around teh beginning of the 18th century. It wasn't until 1877 when Thomas Bain built the Tunnel through the Cogmans Kloof that trade began to develop in the area.
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Monday - Friday: 08h30 - 17h00; Saturday & Public Holidays: 09h00 - 17h00; Sunday: 09h30 - 17h00