Looking to enjoy some of the best Cape wines, while soaking up gorgeous country scenery? Dax Villanueva, the writer behind popular Cape Town food, wine, travel and lifestyle blog Relax-With-Dax, gives the low-down on three special wine festivals to try in the Robertson valley.
Many people associate the Robertson valley (two hours’ drive from Cape Town) with the Wacky Wine Weekend, which is a crazy wine festival with over 10 000 attendees. But Robertson also has some other amazing wine festivals that are much calmer!
The Robertson Slow festival is all about doing very special things in small groups on various local wine estates. Booking in advance is essential so that the organisers can cater properly for all attendees.
Robertson also hosts Wine on the River, which happens on the Goudmyn farm on the edge of the Breede River. It’s beautiful on the river and festival goers can take a cruise on the river or, if you prefer dry land, you can take a tractor-ride through the vineyards. Many wineries take part in the Wine on the River festival and there is an array of great food options, making it a very special day. Robertson is about two hours away from Cape Town so it’s a good idea to book some accommodation nearby.
There’s no shortage of big-name golf courses to play in and around Cape Town, but what about the hidden gems? Robert McNeilly, an experienced tour operator whose company Exclusive Golf Tours runs golf holidays across Cape Town and the Western Cape, shares two low-key country courses well worth teeing up at.
If you’re looking for a country course, I’d suggest the golf club in the town of Ceres, my hometown. The Ceres Golf Club has a lovely nine-hole golf course and everyone who takes the trouble to go out there loves the place.
A 90-minute drive from Cape Town, Ceres really is a great day out from the city. You get to come up over the mountain passes… and another advantage is that the wind doesn’t howl out in Ceres, like it can in Cape Town!
If that’s a bit far, the winelands town of Robertson has a very nice 18-hole golf course at the Robertson Golf Club. People complain about the tricky rivet-faced bunkers, but that’s just where the course’s architect added some extra challenge to the course.