No. 29/800 – Excelsior – Robertson

Meet Excelsior wine estate in the Robertson Wine Valley! Wine farm number 29/800!

I have rated this wine farm experience 4 star.

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OVERALL RATING WINE SERVICE FOOD LOCATION
72% 71% 62% 68% 88%

Besides from the stunning location and great food, you get to bottle your own wine! 

ACTIVITIES and OTHER AMENITIES: 

  • Mix, bottle and label your own wine – R65
  • Wine tasting – FREE
  • Restaurant/Deli
  • Jungle Gym
  • Vineyard tour upon prior booking and request
  • Guest House

BOOKINGS:
Bookings are not necessary but you can contact the farm prior, via the website: http://www.excelsior.co.za/

WHEN TO GO:

Summer or winter but Summer is the best.

CHILD FRIENDLY? 

Yes, there is a large open field where children can play PLUS a jungle gym.

LOCATION:

Situated in Robertson about a 2 hour drive from Cape Town.
OTHER RATINGS: 

View other ratings on Trip Advisor:

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https://www.tripadvisor.co.za/Attraction_Review-g469394-d10005958-Reviews-Excelsior_Wine_Estate-Robertson_Western_Cape.html

Click HERE to view the ranking of this farm against others I have already reviewed.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 

Visit Robertson Wine Valley for more information on Wine farms in Robertson.

http://www.robertsonwinevalley.com

Here is my experience:

Ok so I didn’t get to taste all the wines but I did get to make my own wine

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You even get to add a back label…check my secret recipe πŸ˜‰

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The tasting room is literally on the dam πŸ™‚

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Plus there is plenty of space for the kids to run around, including a jungle gym.

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Inside the tasting room, you will get to taste the Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and the Shiraz.
Then it is up to you to mix the different wines in the tester tube according to your desired percentages.

I chose 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Shiraz.

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You can then pour the test tube into your glass and sip to ensure that the taste is just right.

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This is the wine deck which is quite spacious.

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Once you are happy with your blend, you will be given a bottle to begin your own mixing.
There is a measuring plate so that you can pour just the right amount straight out of the barrel.

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This is Leigh van den Berg from the popular blog, Lip Gloss is my Life. You can follow her HERE. 

Don’t spill! It is a really fun experience and Leigh was such a good laugh. Read her blog post HERE to find out what she labelled her wine!

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We were all rather proud of our wine labels πŸ™‚ What would yours say?

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Here is the wine list where you can purchase a bottle of red wine for only R52.50 and white for R43.50. excelsior-cellar-door-pricelist

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After the wine tasting, we enjoyed some lunch at the Graze @ Excelsior Deli.

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The menu ranged from salads, sandwiches, burgers and even lamb curry! It was all reasonably priced ranging from R50-R100.

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After lunch, we hopped onto this tractor for a tour of the vineyards…

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No I am joking, it was on the back of a bakkie but still, we were in HEELS πŸ™‚ Leigh was rocking leopard print and leather and I looked like I was wearing a pirate hat – Classic! We must have been quite a site.

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It didn’t stop there – I then did my very first hike in heels. I love hiking…but in HEELS?! I will come better prepared next time πŸ˜‰

In the photo below is Peter de Wet, the owner of the farm, who was explaining the landscape to us. We had a bit of a giggle because he owned pretty much everything that the light touches πŸ™‚

Peter was born into wine making. The de Wet family have been farming and making wine on Excelsior for over 150 years – Peter is the 5th generation. Their “brother” farm is Arabella just down the road.

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The views of the valley were worth my balancing act in heels. You can see the entire valley from up here! <3

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The vineyards were looking magnificent and the ride up to the top of the mountain took about 15 minutes.

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Thanks Peter, I hope to visit again soon.

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