Wine Walks


OPEN TIMES


The farmhouse on Excelsior Wine Estate, with the characteristic elegance of the Victorian era and embellished with impressive chimneys and Cape Dutch gables, reflects the essence of the haute couture and affluence of the Ostrich Feather boom of the early 1900s.
The farmhouse on Excelsior Wine Estate, with the characteristic elegance of the Victorian era and embellished with impressive chimneys and Cape Dutch gables, reflects the essence of the haute couture and affluence of the Ostrich Feather boom of the early 1900s. 

Recently restored under the guidance of fourth generation owners Freddie and Kathy de Wet, Excelsior Manor Guesthouse consists of nine luxurious country suites each named after famous thoroughbreds and hackneys previously bred on Excelsior Estate. All rooms incorporate the style and graciousness of yesteryear, with the comfort and convenience of modern living. 

DAY 1 - GOUDMYN WALK:
Depart from Excelsior Manor and follow the Cogmanskloof river down to its confluence with the Breede River. At this point there is a weir across the river and the workings of the irrigation system in Robertson district will be explained. From here it is a short walk to Van Loveren for wine tasting, followed by another short walk to De Wetshof Estate and a tasting at the HOUSE OF CHARDONNAY.

From De Wetshof the walk ambles through vineyards and crosses over the Breede River were the hikers can enjoy the coolness and birdlife. The trail continues along the foothills of the Elandsberg Mountains, with a panoramic view over the Goudmyn area. Down to the river once again, where hikers will be picked up by the Viljoensdrift riverbarge for a trip to the opposite bank where a well-earned picnic lunch and wine tasting will be waiting. Leaving Viljoensdrift it is a leisurely walk back to Excelsior where a hot shower or bath will be awaiting. 

DAY 2 - ZANDVLIET WALK:
After a Scrumptious breakfast at the Manor house, hikers leave the guesthouse in a south easterly direction walking through vineyards and orchards, and climb gently to the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains, where the spectacular view of the Breede River Valley towards Robertson will blow your mind away. 

The hike continues downhill to the Zandvliet Estate, birth place of the famous race horse Pocket Power, where hikers will be treated with the wines of Zandvliet and a lunch. Leaving Zandvliet hikers will need to cross the Cogmanskloof river on their way to Arabella. Here hikers will enjoy their second wine tasting of the day. 

From Arabella it is down the road to Excelsior Wine Estate for a tutored wine tasting and to blend and bottle your "Own Creation" bottle of wine. 

DAY 3 - KLAASVOOGDS WALK:
This hike starts about 4 km from Excelsior and winds its way up the valley towards the Langeberg Mountains. Along the way, the hikers can visit the well known Cactus farm - Sheilam - (biggest succulent garden in the Southern Hemisphere) followed by Rusticus Estate which is a boutique winery , known for its vintage wine machinery. From here the hikers amble up to Klaasvoogds river towards Kranskop Estate with its stunning view down the valley. 

Lunch will be served at Kranskop followed by an hour walk back to the vehicles. From here guests can either leave Robertson or spend another couple of days at Excelsior to explore Robertson & the neighboring towns.