The Small Guide: Springfield Wine Estate
The spectacular Springfield estate is a must-visit when in the Robertson Wine Valley. A tree-lined avenue will lead you to an ivy-covered tasting room that overlooks an idyllic dam, complete with gently rocking boats.
Tables and chairs are set up under trees on the green lawn, just waiting for guests to sink into and relax with the estate’s premium, and much awarded wines.
This family-run farm is owned by ninth-generation descendants of French Huguenots, who are said to have come to South Africa from the Loire in 1688
These days, brother-and-sister team Abrie and Jeanette Bruwer are at the helm. They pay homage to their family’s long tradition by making wine in the time-honoured style of where at least 80 per cent of the harvest is fermented with native yeast and most of the wines are bottled unfiltered. Ask about the Thunderchild project: a red blend created with the aim to raise funds in aid of the children of Die Herberg.
The Small Experience
Enjoy a tasting on the deck through the range of wines, paired with freshly baked bread and the farm’s olives and tapenade. Alternatively, The Robertson Small will pack a picnic for our guests to enjoy on the riverbank along with a wine-tasting.