Bonnievale, Breede River Valley
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This green village is perhaps not as well known as other towns in the Breede Valley, due mainly to the fact that she is bypassed by Route 62 - the longest wine route in the world.
However, there are those who are only to happy that the ‘Cinderella of the Breede’ is not inundated with travellers and has remained one of the best kept secrets of the valley. Lying in the shadow of the Langeberg and Riviersonderend Mountains on the banks of the Breede River, this part of the world is known as the Valley of Cheese and Wine for good reason.
There are four co-operative wine cellars, four estates and at least two private wine producers in the area, including the oldest wine cellar, Nordale. These wine makers include a new generation of boutique cellars like Quando, Janeza and Wolvendrift, which join the ranks originally dominated by the older cellars such as Goedverwacht and Langverwacht. Wine tourism is big in this part of the country and farmers are only too happy to provide visitors with tours of their farms.
Two cheese factories, Parmalat and Mooivallei Suiwel, are based in Bonnievale, and Parmalat has won the Cheese Manufacturer of the Year award for three years running. They are joined by other cheese makers such as Sillerus Goat farm and La Montanara.
If you’re whizzing by and can’t stop to appreciate the individual wine cellars or cheese makers, then a stop at the Von Wijngarten Wine Boutiek is essential. They stock the wines of the area and are planning to include cheese tasting on their itinerary. On their shelves you will also find Tim Jan, a fortified ‘wonder juice’ made from aloes and grape juice, said to be the cure-all for anything from snoring to intestinal problems.
The Breede River provides an endless list of water sports, including a trip up the river on the River Goose, canoeing, fishing and for those without water wings there is a golf course, hiking and 4x4 trails.
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The youngest wine route in South Africa and just 90 km outside of Cape Town, the Breedekloof wine route lies in the Breede River Valley, which stretches from Gouda in the west, McGregor in the south, Montagu in the east and the Tankwa-Karoo National Park in the north. Wine in this region was initially ... more information
Lying just three kilometres from the pretty little town of Swellendam, the Marloth Nature Reserve conserves the central Langeberg Mountains that lie between the towns of Swellendam, Ashton, Barrydale and Suurbraak. The Marloth Nature reserve includes what residents of Swellendam call ... more information
Surrounded by the rolling Langeberg mountains in the Breede River Valley and bordered by vineyards and orchards, the 18-hole Robertson golf course is the only 18-hole golf course in the beautiful ‘Valley of Wine and Roses’. Described as a fun, leisurely course it is extremely golfer friendly, with comfortable walks ... more information
There are almost 50 million vines in the Robertson Valley Wine Route, which produce more than 200 000 tons of wine grapes every year. The most common wines found along this wine route are Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Methode Cape Classique ... more information
Only 1.5 hours’ drive from Cape Town and in the heart of Route 62 - the longest wine route in the country - Robertson Wine Valley lies surrounded by majestic mountains in the Breede River Valley. With a minimal annual rainfall and harsh weather conditions, including hot, dry days and cold nights, wines ... more information
Route 62 is modeled after the iconic US Route 66, made famous by the late, great Nat King Cole in the song of the mid 20th century. Travelers headed for the Garden Route will find that Route 62 offers a better alternative to the dull N2 motorway between Cape Town and George, being more scenic and ... more information
Set in a part of the country known as the arid Robertson Karoo, the Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve lies in the Breede River Valley, roughly 15 kilometres south of Robertson on the road to McGregor. Given the name of the nature reserve - Vrolijkheid means happiness - this must have been the site of much ... more information
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