I thought that I’ll introduce you to my place today.
‘My place’ is a town called Robertson, in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, about 150 km from Cape Town. It is quite a large town, but still has that small-town feeling, which is part of the reason why I chose to buy a house here. The other part is that it is a beautiful area, and I feel very at home here. (It is a major wine making area, that might be why I feel so at home 😉 )
But I’m not going to do a huge amount of talking, I’ll show you in pictures what this area looks like!
The rest of the pictures are of the general area, and I’m not going to explain too much – I’m sure you’ll see why I love living here!
Don’t you think it is a gorgeous place? I’ve got tons more photographs of this area, so be warned, you will see some more in future!
If you would like to know more about this town and the area, please have a look at this page, and you will get an idea of what you can do, where you can stay, and how you can thoroughly enjoy your stay here (bird watching, mountain biking, motor bike tours, olives and olive oil tasting, and so much more!) Also take a look at my Wine Wednesday posts which, of course tells you a little bit more about the wine aspect of the Robertson Wine Valley.
Until next time, stay safe, be happy and keep on planning your next trip! 🙂
I may be wrong, but it seems you guys are not really into the Wine Wednesdays? Do you want to know more about the wine specifically? Please let me know…
Nevertheless, today we are visiting Springfield Estate, just outside of the town Robertson in the Robertson Wine Valley, about 160 km from Cape Town.
I tasted their Miss Lucy wine about 4 year ago when visiting a friend in Pretoria, and loved every sip. Then I bought a house in Robertson, and discovered that Springfield is right on my doorstep! Happy days! 🙂
Springfield wines are really quality, delightful wines. Each and every one brings something to please the palate. The setting of the farm and tasting deck is peaceful and beautiful, and the ideal place to unwind and chill for a while. And best of all, the tasting and cellar tours are free!
Visit them virtually, and see what they are about. From the very first paragraph of their website, you will know that you are onto something good – ” – our need for perfection is driven by our honour – it is our honour that ensures that we will only ever release a vintage that has greatness, and nothing less.”
Amazingly, the farm has been in the hands of the same family since 1898, now flourishing under the vision of the 9th generation of French Huguenot descendants, who arrived in South Africa from the Loire valley in France in 1688.
Their philosophy is to make wine as naturally as possible, and quality is more important than quantity. Six delicious whites to choose from, and five amazing reds. As you browse their website, click on each of the wines to read more about their wine philosophy, and the wines themselves. If you ever come across Springfield wine, treat yourself to a bottle or two, you will be so glad you did! And visit them if you are ever in South Africa – worth a detour.
Wine lovers, I hope you are starting to realize that the Robertson Wine Valley is worth a visit. You can spend a week here, easily, to visit all the estates and enjoy the beauty of the area, and the hospitality of our people.
Please note, I am not getting paid for this post – it is my own attempt to promote the area I live in because I think it is worthy to be ‘on the map’.
Until next time, keep calm and sip a glass of wine. 🙂
I remember clearly, it was one day in an English class that I decided that after I finished university, I’ll become an air hostess so I can see the world. Those days there were strict parameters that you had to fit into to become one – no less than a certain height (I think it was around 5’4″), and no more than a certain weight. I held my breath throughout my teen years to see when I would stop growing, hoping, wishing I’ll be tall enough. And I was !!!! Yay!!
So, off to varsity went, to get a degree, so I can start traveling. While studying, the inevitable happened. I met my (now ex) husband. Long story short, when he asked me to marry him, I said on one condition – that we travel to Europe before we have kids. That never happened.
Fast forward many years – the kids are growing up and they don’t need me around all the time. I started sewing from home to make money and I saved like a demon, and the day came that I said to my husband that this coming year I’m going overseas, are you coming with? He said no, not believing that I’ll do it on my own. But I did. 2002, my first trip to Europe (or anywhere!), and it was amazing! I stayed in Vienna with friends for a week (I also visited Salzburg, Hallstatt and a few other places in Austria with them), and then I went to the Netherlands for a week, via Paris.
Two years later, an even better trip – I got to go with my daughter when she finished school, and it was a blast, to say the least. Sharing these experiences just take the level of enjoyment up so many notches!
It was not an easy decision to go that first time – I hated leaving my kids, but I knew they were at a stage where they’ll be okay without me for a few weeks. And it was ‘now or never’ – I felt that I’ve been patient long enough for my dream to come true…
Since then, I’ve been to Europe one more time (thanks to my SO*), to the UAE with my youngest son to visit a friend, and to Canada a few times to visit my daughter and her husband (and the last time, my first little grandchild), and although I enjoyed every single minute of every trip, I’m still frustrated. (Does that sound ungrateful? I’m not, I appreciate that I’ve had more opportunities than most.)
I only started traveling relatively late in my life, (I’m reaching retirement age now), and I haven’t seen nearly enough places yet. I’ve got a bucket list as long as my arm, but I have to start realizing that I’ll probably never get to see all of them… I mean, it is all good and well to say ‘just do it’, but reality is it costs a lot of money, especially traveling from South Africa, since our money is worth nothing in other countries. I’ve got a partner and responsibilities here, which makes taking off on a whim difficult as well.
So I am an avid arm chair traveler now. I cannot get enough of YouTube’s travel channels, I watch them all the time. And who knows, I might get to see a few more places on my wish list in real life, if my health permits!
( Thanks journey-junkies.com for giving me the idea for this post. It is an amazing thing if one can live out your dreams, but for some of us, the reality of life gets in the way. Enjoy your travels, we’ll live vicariously through you!)
The estate I have chosen for today, unfortunately does not sell to international buyers on line. That nearly caused me to not add them to my WW team, but I am also promoting the Robertson Wine Valley and not only the wines.
Viljoensdrift Estate, has its roots in the 1800’s, when the first of the Viljoen family (Villion was the surname of the French Huguenots that landed in the Cape) started planting grapes for wine and brandy making. From 1968- 1998, the farm grew and delivered grapes to the co-op, but when dad Ben stepped down, brothers Fred and Manie decided to start producing their own wines from the excellent grapes they were growing on the farm. The rest, like they say, is history!
Alongside grapes, they also grow deciduous fruits, and they take conservation very seriously by trying to keep as much as possible of the unique natural environment intact as possible. They are committed to the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative, which aims to minimize the loss of threatened natural habitat and to contribute to sustainable wine production, which gives them five stars, in my opinion.
Aside from the fact that the farm is situated on the Breede River in beautiful natural surroundings, Viljoensdrift is well-known for the fact that they are the only farm in the area that does a ferry trip on the river, and it is well worth taking the time to enjoy drifting down the river. You can buy some ‘provisions’ 😉 from their deli on the premises – wine, cold drinks, cheeses, charcuterie, freshly baked sourdough bread, olives, pickles, and much more!
With your nibbles and drinks you can then get onto the ferry, and enjoy an hour or so of peace and quiet, listening and watching the abundance of birds cavorting in and around the water.
If you are planning a trip this way, please have a look at the Viljoensdrift website, to know more about their wines and what they offer you as tourist.
I hope you can begin to understand that should you ever be so lucky to visit South Africa, and you love wine, you cannot miss out on a visit to the Robertson Wine Valley!!!
PS. This is NOT a paid ad, nor am I in any way compensated for this or any of my other wine posts, I am merely trying to promote the area I live in and love!
To try and explain that – it is a special day, in terms of the ‘feels’. It is a clear day with blue skies. There is a slight bite in the air, but the sun is shining brightly. You can breathe deeper than normal, because the wind that blew yesterday, had gotten rid of all the filth in the air. You feel like dancing, but you don’t, so there is a special spring in your step. It feels like you can single handedly change the world. You feel happy and bouncy for absolutely no reason.
I know the picture (above) is not as crisp as the air was, but there is often a slight haze in the air close to the sea, but that does not detract from the beauty of the day.
Normally when I drive along this road (the N2, between Grabouw and Cape Town), I am focused on my destination. Today I just had to stop at the top of Sir Lowry’s Pass, at the look out point, to just take in the beauty before me, and of course, take a picture. When you stop there, you look back toward False Bay, and the town called Strand, with Muizenberg and Fish Hoek in the far distance. It is an iconic drive, and one you have to do when you come to Cape Town, along with Chapman’s Peak Drive, and the road out of Gordons’ Bay on the R44 past Rooiels, Pringle Bay and Kleinmond. Not to forget driving over the Du Toit’s Kloof Pass with endless views back towards Cape Town.
But, I digress. My point is – I’ve had a champagne day. A bubbly kind of day. Happy. Feel good. Do you know what I mean? Nothing special happened, I went to fetch my mom from my son’s place and drove straight back (about 300kms in all), but I just felt good, and the day was a beaut, and all in all I’m a happy old gal.
What a good way to start the weekend, don’t you think? 😀
I wish you a wonderful weekend, and a champagne day or two in your near future! 🙂