Robertsons Wacky Wine 2011

Robertson was founded in 1853 and named after the Scottish Dutch Reformed Church Minister, Dr William Robertson. Situated in the fertile Robertson valley, the region is known as the valley of wine and roses. This town is famous for many of its facets, one being the longest wine route in the world, stretching from Cape Town to PE. Most important of all, when visiting this valley, you will be welcomed with the warmth of its inhabitants.

This town was known for farming and wagon building up until the second Anglo Boer war. Thereafter Robertson became famous for ostrich farming, which collapsed shortly after World War I. They then switched to wine and fruit farming, proving to be an excellent change. They later added racehorse stud farms.  The mainstay of this town’s economy remains, up till present, agriculture. Adding to the sustainability of this agricultural town is the great part tourism plays.

Owing to the rich history of this valley, Robertson can boast with a few South African National Monuments.  For instance, the Pink Church (1859),  the Museum (1860), the Edwardian No 12 Piet Retief street (1904), the Victorian-style house 59 van Reenen Street (1914) and the Powder House (which  was used as storage for gunpowder).

Robertson’s wine Industry has grown a great deal since 1995. It increased from 25 cellars to 50 registered wine cellars as of today. Some of these wine cellars annually receive some of the highest awards both locally and international. Not only are the wines full of character- but so are the winemakers. They love what they do and it shows!

To celebrate the great achievements, of both agricultural and the wine industry, this valley is about to host the 8th Robertsons Wacky Wine (2-5 June 2011). Thousands of SA’s wine lovers flock to this region to take part in the wine tasting as well as the other activities on offer. This includes outdoor, sport, adventure, family-fun, kiddo stuff, live music, fine dining to name but a few.

In order to bring about a safe festival, zero tolerance will be upheld with regards to drinking and driving. As part of this initiative the organisers launched a designated driver program. Drivers who register at the festival office will be awarded with a few coupons. These coupons will enable you to redeem free coffee, tea, water, soft drinks etc at participating wineries.

The winter months are a great time to escape from life in the city and spend time with family and friends. If you have not finalised your winter weekend away join us for the Robertson Wine Valley’s 8th annual Wacky Wine Weekend! It’s one of Cape’s most popular festivals, so be sure to book early. You’ll be charmed by all that this valley has to offer.

Looking for accommodation while traveling?

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