The Robertson wine valley is one of the most lush and beautiful areas South Africa has to offer. It forms part of the Cape’s Boland and is the largest wine producing area in the country. Being a lover of wine and all things country, I jumped at the kind offer of a night at the Manor House on Excelsior Wine Estate and I can truthfully say it is now one of my most favourite places to relax and unwind.
We arrived on Saturday lunch time and were welcomed by Carin who runs the Manor House. I instantly felt like I was arriving home for the holidays. Our suite, the Evanthuis Suite, is large and airy, with a private outside stoep which faces towards the sunset. We immediately dumped our bags, climbed into our costumes and dived in the pool to cool down. Carin arrived shortly and offered us a glass of Excelsior wine, which was a great idea, and we spent the next 3 hours lazing on sunlougers, reading books and dozing in the sunshine.
Once we’d had our fill our sunshine, we headed back to our room to freshen up and then strolled down to do some wine tasting. The tasting room is situated on the waters edge, giving a wonderful relaxed atmosphere to your tasting experience.
From there we took up the offer of using one of the estates golf carts and explored the vineyards, buzzing inbetween the vines. We headed straight up towards the mountains and had a spectacular view back over the vineyards, towards the manor house and estate. Absolutely beautiful.
Dinner that night was divine, served in the dining room, and we were waited on by our private waiter as we were the only guests in house on this night. Delicious meal of a mango salad starter, chicken curry with sambals for mains and a scrumptious dessert to follow, all accompanied with the appropriate Excelsior wines. We felt very spoilt!
One thing we missed out on, which comes highly recommended, is to blend your own wine. Kegs of the red varietals (Merlot, Cab Sauv, etc) can be mixed, bottled and labelled to create your own vintage!