It’s a bit of a drive from Cape Town, but one of my favourite wine routes is the one at Robertson. Spectacular in its beauty with the Langeberg Mountains in the distance, magnificent flowers lining the road to Bonnievale, the home of some of the best stud farms in the country with fine horses to be seen grazing as you drive, vibrant cannas demarcating the various wine estates, it’s all like a post card.
Where else are you going to find a sign on the side of the road that reads “Eende vir Huur?” These ducks are used to control the snail population and they consume so many I believe they all quack in a French accent.
The Retief family have been at Van Loveren since 1937 and have made a great success there, with an ever increasing range of fine, user friendly wines to be found at outlets all over the country. There are 6 ranges to choose from, including the famous Four Cousins one. We have been drinking their range called Tangled Tree and find it perfectly priced, great quaffers, just the thing to throw down poolside or at the braai. The range consists of two whites, one a lightly wooded Chardonnay (at that price?!) a Sauvignon Blanc, a Rosé and two reds, all unpretentious, packed in lightweight PET bottles, with a screw cap, so you can get to it as quickly as possible.
A visit to Van Loveren will not disappoint — they have a good restaurant called Christina’s right there so you don’t have to break your pace so to speak. So get out the motoring piece and see what I mean.
Van Loveren family wines, Robertson, 023 615 1505
Words: Greg Landman