this. A perfect summer's day, a picnic with cheese, wine & other delicacies
and a slow cruise down the Breede River in one of the most beautiful areas of
the Western Cape, the Robertson Wine Valley. Introducing Viljoensdrift and the slow boat.…
was invited to experience their barge cruise and picnic two weeks ago. What a
treat. From McGregor, where I was staying for the second weekend in a row (yes,
that’s how much I love it), it’s a 10 minute drive to Viljoensdrift, scenically gorgeous too.
First thing you see on arrival at the estate is a lush green lawn dotted with
people lazing about on the grass enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Inside I met
Zonia Lategan one of the winemakers, Ashley Jaftha from Sales and Marketing and
fortuitously, Fred Viljoen, one of two brothers who own this amazing farm.
Turned out Fred and my husband Paul knew each other so while they chatted, I
went with Ashley to select a few gourmet items from the well stocked deli for
our on-board feast. My wine of choice was the Single Vineyard Pinotage 2014 Vitis Vinifera double gold winner 2015 and I could see why - so smooth, with “Incredible
rich black red colour-superb balance…concentrated dense fruit, great
complexity….” to quote their own description.
a bit like Red Riding Hood with my picnic basket in the crook of my arm, stuffed with delectables, I
stepped onto the flat bottom boat, named Uncle Ben 2, with husband and son in
tow, and off we sailed on a 50 minute cruise down the Breede. What glorious
views flank the river and it was so fabulous to be able to enjoy
it all over a glass or three of top notch vino, ciabatta rolls oozing ripe camembert and
fig preserves, and smothered in smoked olive tapenade, boerkaas cheese and
basil pesto. You should be having #fomo right about now!
costs only R50 for adults and includes a wine tasting prior to departure. For
children between 3 and 12 years, it’s R20 pp. The boat can
accommodate 38 people and departs daily at 12:00pm, irrespective of
the number of people. Thereafter trips are hourly depending on bookings (a
minimum of 6 adults or a minimum amount of R300 will be required to let the
boat depart). Advanced bookings are essential via +27 23 615 1017 or
Check in time is 30 minutes prior to departure. Don’t be late*
With thanks to Mira Weiner from Hot Oven Marketing for this opportunity.
Labels: Food Drink, Just outside of Cape Town, Staycation, Travel