Robertson Wine Walk
Whether you like to walk off your wine or walk to your wine, this 3 or 4 night slackpacker in the heart of the Robertson valley offers the chance to do both, at some of the well renowned Roberston-Ashton wine estates including Excelsior, DeWetshof, Zandvliet and van Loveren.
The daily hike distances range from 9-14kms, traversing vineyards, fruit orchards and olive groves, as you weave and wine(d) your way through prominent wine estates, artisan tastings, and discover less known treasures along the way.
This popular wine walk requires a minimum of 6 persons to schedule, and will accommodate up to 20 persons / per trip. It’s a great option for singles, couples or smaller groups looking to join one of the regularly scheduled dates, as the trail provides incredible value and a great blend of experiences. Let us know your date range and we’ll let you know what trails are running, or if you are a larger group, what dates we can schedule for you.
- Trip Duration3 Day / 3 or 4 Night Trail Options
- Daily DistancesDay 1: 9/ 12km Day 2: 14kmDay 3: 9km
- Trail Grading2/ 5 - Fitness. Easy to moderate. Pace determined by the group.1/ 5 - Technicality. Easy trails and paths through the vineyards and farms.
- Trail TerrainPaths through Wine and fruit farms, some gravel roads and a mountain track on one day.
- Accommodation4-star Country Manor Guesthouse
- Logistic SupportProfessionally guided, fully supported and catered slackpacking trail from a central base.
- Group SizeScheduled based on a min group size of 6 persons and can accommodate up to 20 persons/ trip
- PricingFrom R7,650/pp/sharing for the 3 day/3 night trail
Based in the Robertson-Ashton valley, home to many renowned wineries, this 3 day slackpacker offers an incredible fusion of experiences. From the esteemed houses of Chardonnay and Shiraz’s, to the artisan flavourings of cold-pressed olive oils and charcutery hams; you will walk, wine and dine your way through the delicacies of the Breede valley.
It’s a fantastic trail to consider with your group of besties, or if you just a couple looking to join a trail, as with regular scheduled trails there should be one going that you can join.
Whether you come to walk off your wine, or walk to your wine….. the Robertson Wine Walk will not disappoint.
- Day 1Arrival Day: Check in anytime from 14h00 on the day
Dinner & Wine
- Day 2Hike Day 1: Zandvliet Meander (9 or 12km)
After a hearty breakfast, we leave by foot to Arabella Wine Estate, for our first wine tasting of the day. Passing through paddock and stable, you’ll get to see some of the thoroughbred racehorses, after which Arabella has a long-standing affinity.
A further stroll brings you to Zandvliet Estate – the house of Shiraz - where you will be treated to some award winning wines in their beautiful Kalkveld lounge.
From here, we’ll transfer by bus, for a beautiful drive up to Kleinhoekkloof: a family-owned boutique estate, whom also specialise in handmade charcuteries. Enjoy an artisan platter paired with their excellent wines, whilst looking onto mountains and fynbos.
A 3km circular hike into the mountains can be enjoyed, whilst those that don’t feel like more walking, can relax in their beautiful gardens. A final tasting wraps up the day, before heading home by bus.
- Day 3Hike Day 2: Goudmyn Loop (14km)
Today’s trail follows the Cogmanskloof river down to its confluence with the Breede River.
Our first stop is the grandiose House of Chardonnay, the tasting room of DeWetshof Estate, and our first whetting of the day.
From here it’s a short stroll to the Van Loveren Family Vineyards. These lush gardens, which have been lovingly curated over generations, create the perfect setting for a tantalising MCC tasting and pairing.
From Van Loveren, the trail ambles through vineyards, crossing the Breede River and along the foothills of the Elandsberg Mountains, offering panoramic views across the Goudmyn area.
Hikers will be collected by the Viljoensdrift river barge, for a well-earned picnic lunch aboard the boat, washed down of course, with a variety of Viljoensdrift wines.
- Day 4Hike Day 3: Klaasvoogds Trek (9km)
Today starts with a short bus ride to the Klaasvoogds valley and a walk through the Sheilam Cactus Gardens. Boasting approximately 2000 species of plants, this nursery is recognised as one of the finest collections of cactus specimen plants.
From here we’ll walk through farmlands to a lavender farm, where coffee and cake can be enjoyed whilst learning about the many healing properties of lavender.
After a further 3kms, we get to Kranskop Estate, where a full (bodied) tasting of their award-winning wines is provided; whilst the stunning views across the Klaasvoogds valley entice you to linger longer.
However, you won’t want to miss out on the final stop of the day, where Clive and Briony captivate you by their passion and knowledge for all things olive. Enjoy oil and olive tastings, followed by a most delicious 3 course vegetarian lunch, paired with Excelsior wines.
A short bus ride returns you home to Excelsior Manor for a final night.
- Day 5Departure Day: after a leisurely final breakfast
The Cape Dutch Revival Manor, once a de Wets family home, is your base for all nights of the trail. Having been lovingly restored, the Manor offers 9 elegant and comfortable en-suite bedrooms.
The deck swimming pool offers a cool respite from summer days whilst the back porch provides a congenial meeting space for afternoon tea.
Attention to detail and luxury extras like heated towel rails and a bathrobe and slippers, are a standard for all rooms. The rooms have a spectrum of bed configurations and room allocations will be made by the guesthouse based on the group’s mix.
Singles will be allocated smaller rooms, in order to keep the single supplement as low as it is.
- Can we schedule our own trail?
Yes, if you are a minimum of 6 persons. However, the trail operater will add other persons to your date up to a maximum of 20 persons. If you wish to keep exclusivity on your trail group, you'll need to book a minimum of 9 rooms. Trails can be scheduled to start on any day working in with other bookings.
- Do you cater for vegans?
Yes, we cater to all diets and have delicious dishes lined up for all walkers.
- Can I chose NOT to walk?
If the whole group wants to skip the walking between the wine estates (yes, we do get this request) - then a bus can be hired (depending on availability) at around R2500 / per day (to be pre-booked & quoted).
If a person cannot walk a certain section – a drop-off can be arranged at R80/pp to cover the ad-hoc vehicle expense (arranged directly - on request).
- Is this trail available all year round?
Mostly. We try NOT to offer it during the hottest months of December - February (unless you are good sized group and can only go over that time), and the trail is closed from the 20 June - end of July. Otherwise it is open for you to enquire.
- What if you dont drink wine?
Then I would say there are probably better suited hike options, BUT if the rest of your buds are set on doing this - then don't worry you will be catered for and still have a great experience, we promise.
3 Night Package: R7 650/pp/sharing
Single - R8850
4 Night Package: R9 000/pp/sharing
Single - R10 200
- 4 Star Accommodation for 3 nights (or 4 nights for 4N package)
- All meals: Full continental & cooked breakfast buffets, gourmet lunches on the trail, and 3-course dinners with complimentary wine every night
- All wine tastings and activities at various estates (10 Estates)
- Wine Blending Experience
- All Transfers and Collections with Wine Bus
- Accredited Tour & Hiking Guide