Beyond the well-worn wine trails of Constantia, Stellenbosch, and Franschhoek lies a wine route of exceptional calibre and country charm: the Robertson Wine Valley. And now, for only R580 per person, it offers visitors the opportunity to experience some of the wonderful wines, foods, stories, and charms for which it has earned its reputation with the aptly named For the Love of Wine tour.
The day kicks off with breakfast and a craft beer tasting at Four Cousins, a rather jazzy, family-friendly wine tasting room, brewery, and restaurant (with kids play area). Then, it’s onto Van Loveren’s cool, leafy gardens for a guided walk, complemented with beguiling stories about the trees, each of which was planted by a farm’s ancestor to mark a special occasion in the country’s or family’s history.
No sooner will you have walked off breakfast than it’ll be time for a food and wine pairing! Van Loveren’s menu boasts a literal smorgasbord of options, so if it’s savoury you’re craving, try the artisanal cheese or charcuterie and wine pairing, but if it’s sweet, there’s the Tangled Tree chocolate and wine pairing (and a bevvy of options in between).
The final stop on the For the Love of Wine tour is the rustic yet luxurious Kalkveld tasting room at Zandvliet Estate, whose name is practically synonymous with Shiraz. Here, using three of the estate’s truly delicious red wines, you’re invited to experiment with making your own unique red blend. This is capped off with wine tasting and a rather hedonistic cheese board.