The Area

In the 150 years since it was founded a lot has changed in Robertson but arguably just as much has not. There is decidedly less wagon building and ostrich feather faming these days, but this is still a small country town flanked by vast, imperious mountain ranges on the banks of the Breede River, decorated by Victorian and Edwardian architecture and streets lined with the purple-flowering Jacaranda trees.

These days, wine farming is the valley’s main distraction; indeed, the number of wine cellars in the area has doubled in the past two decades, with many of the newer wineries quickly establishing themselves as industry beloveds. The Small has formed close relationships with many of the surrounding, mostly family-run farms and smallholdings, and curated a selection of bespoke experiences to allow guests to best enjoy the intimate charms of the region. The Small Guide, available to all guests, is a directory of such activities.