Robertson is well-known as the Garden Town of the Boland of South
Africa and is situated in the fertile Breede River valley, only
160km from Cape Town on the popular Route 62.
Situated at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, Robertson offers
the visitor wine estates, hiking trails, nature reserves, a riverside
holiday resort, racehorse stud farms and above all exceptional hospitality.
The town is surrounded by vineyards and orchards that stretch from
the outlying farm lands into the very heart of the town. Columns
of red or yellow cannas and flaming bougainvillea line the roads
outside the wine estates, gardens overflow and vineyards are banked
with roses, while brilliant mauve jacarandas shade the streets.
Founded in 1853, the town, boasts a proud architectural heritage
with Victorian and Georgian houses and cottages lining the streets.
Among the National Monuments are the Pink Church (1859), the Museum
(1860), the Edwardian No 12 Piet Retief Street (1904), the Victorian
No 59 Van Reeneen Street (1914) and the Powder House, used as a
storage place for gunpowder in less peaceful days.
Around Robertson lie the stately stud farms. Eleven co-operatives,
fourteen estates and half a dozen private producers, in and around
Robertson, have made this one of the foremost wine-making regions
in South Africa. And orchard upon orchard of decidious fruit, destined
for the national and international markets, punctuates the landscape
that isn't covered by vineyards.
Attractions and places of interest include:
Dassieshoek Nature Reserve
Robertson Wine Trust
Racehorse Stud Farms
Mountainrides and Horse Trails
Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve