There are some superb examples of the winemaker’s art to be had all over the area and there are restaurants at many of the farms as well. One can load the Benz right to the gunwales and head back to wherever you came from knowing that you have secured some “bargains” and even a gem or two which you cannot get elsewhere. Discovery is the name of the game and I am not talking about the medical aid.
The only thing I find a schlep, apart from the risks of driving after too many swigs from the tasting rooms (it is so difficult to spit out a superb wine, isn’t it?) is the distances one has to cover to achieve one’s goal. Voila, la solution—as they say in French: the Laverne Wine Boutique in Robertson, right on a perfectly civilised tarred road.
Here you will find hundreds of wines from the area all at cellar door prices, without all the driving around. While there is no doubt that drinking wine at the place where it is made is numero uno, this solves many of the problems of a wine tour. Laverne will ship wherever you are and you can order online, right from your home. If you are in the area go in and see for yourself. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and you can pack the car till it groans.
Laverne Wine Boutique, Voortrekker Avenue, Robertson, 023 626 4314
Words: Greg Landman
As the wine writer for Country Life magazine for the last 15 years, Greg has met and interviewed more than 150 of the country’s top wine makers. His articles offer unique insights into where to eat, what to drink, and where to go all over the Western Cape. With his dining companion Beryl Ormsby Browne, he has also reviewed more than 60 country restaurants for the magazine and has been a reviewer for the prestigious Eat Out Guide for 12 years. His passion for everything the winelands has to offer has led him into the world of wine tours. To find out more, visit his website Magic Grape Tours.