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.
With over a dozen golf courses in and around the city, choosing the right one for a short golfing holiday to Cape Town can be tricky. Robert McNeilly, an experienced golf tour operator from Exclusive Golf Tours, shares his favourite courses near the city.
My favourite course in the Cape winelands is De Zalze Golf Club – it is brilliant.
Erinvale Golf Club outside Somerset West is also wonderful. I’d say Erinvale has the best fairways in the country. They’re always fantastic, always in great condition.
The only trouble at Erinvale is that it can be difficult to get a tee time: they may push you to play in the late morning or late afternoon, but it’s worth it. Erinvale is certainly one of the better courses in and around Cape Town.
Pearl Valley Golf Club designed by Jack Nicklaus is also fantastic. From the layouts to the greens, which are probably the quickest in the Cape, it’s a great course. I just love Jack Nicklaus courses, because he has tee boxes for every standard of golfer. You can go there and choose the tee that suits your game, whether you’re a seasoned professional or a struggling beginner. He’s also got the classic four pin positions on his greens, which sets it apart from other courses.