The Small Guide: Viljoensdrift Wine Estate
The Breede River is an amber band that cuts through this estate; the riverbank is on the one side, the slopes of the mountain on the other. The first generation of Viljoens planted vines for wine and brandy way back when in 1818. The farm is still family run. Viljoensdrift produces a range of wines, a deli offering local goods as well as daily river cruises.
The Small Experience
You’ll be greeted with a warm hello, and a cold glass of the estate’s Cap Classique. With bubbly in-hand, you’ll stroll around the estate, and to a wine-tasting on the banks of the Breede River. Make sure to choose your favourite wines from the range while you’re at it—it’s your pick for the hour-long river cruise. Hop aboard the Uncle Ben 2, a flat-bottomed riverboat and enjoy a picnic (with goods from the deli) as you cruise along the Breede, toes trickling in the water, admiring beautiful mountain views, tweeting birds, and endless South African skies.
The Small Things
They’re champions of conservation. Their efforts manifest in many ways, from vineyard practices and waste management to restoring indigenous fynbos as well as to recording and studying endemic birdlife.
Don’t forget To Try
The many delicious deli items. Think freshly baked bread, olives, cheeses, preserves, charcuterie, pâtés; and so much more.