The Breede River is the lifeline of Robertson, Bonnievale, Montagu, Ashton and McGregor and makes out the Breede River valley, which is syno... Read More
The Breede River is the lifeline of Robertson, Bonnievale, Montagu, Ashton and McGregor and makes out the Breede River valley, which is synonym with the towns of Robertson, Bonnievale, Ashton and McGregor. The Breede River Valley is guarded by the Langebergmountains on the one side and the Riviersonderend mountains on the other side and makes out one of the most important fruit-and wine-producing areas in the country. The scenery is spectacular, with imposing mountains forming the backdrop in every direction. In winter many of the mountains are capped with snow. Robertson Valley invites you to cellars, orchards, gardens, mountain climbing, strolling and just to enjoy living. It is difficult to describe the beauty of the Breede River Valley. Being close enough to the mother city Robertson, McGregor, Ashton, Bonnievale and Montagu has become extremely popular to visitors. Robertson is one of the prime areas for property in South Africa.
The Breede River Valley offers clean country air, fresh fruits, horses, wine, watersports and lazy cruises on the Breede River. Robertson, a town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, also known as the valley of wine and roses was founded in 1853 and named after the Scottish Dutch Reformed Church Minister, Dr William Robertson. Farming and wagon building were the town’s original industries. In 1899 the wagon building industry collapsed when the railways took over the transport of goods. Robertson became famous for ostrich farming but the industry also collapsed after World War 1. The farmer switched to wine and fruit farming. Several successful racehorse stud farms were founded.
Although agriculture is the mainstay of the economy tourism has also grown. The wine industry has grown to more than 50 registered wine cellars.
Robertson is an important wine producing town and is often referred to as the brandy capital of South Africa. Wide streets, lined with oak and jacaranda reminds you of days long past. At any time of the year Robertson propertyoffers superb quality of life. Any type of real estate is available for the choosey buyer. In the Valley you are near all the amenities. Lots of activities and festivals of which the Wacky Wine, Robertson Slow, Wine on the river and the Bonnievale Bonanza are probably the most popular, are held right through the year.
Bonnievale was founded by Christopher Forrest Rigg who settled in the area in 1900. He also took on the task of completing the irrigation canal which had been started in 1898. Today Bonnievale is called the Valley of Wine & Cheese, with ten wine producers and two cheese factories.
McGregor was founded in 1861 not as a church town but in the expectation that a pass would be built through the Sonderend Mountains from the Greyton side.
Ashton had its beginnings in 1887 as a railway station named Roodewal. The English-speaking railway official could not pronounce the name and changed it to that of his home town in England. The town only really developed after the Langeberg canning factory was built in the 1940’s.
Montagu was named after John Montagu, the Colonial Secretary. The custom of replacing thatched roofs with corrugated iron a century ago did not take hold here and many of the thatched roofs, some with gables, are still intact. Montagu is called by historian Dr Hans Fransen, “a gem among Cape towns”. A tranquil Nature garden, the Montagu museum, hot springs, the lovely restored Joubert House which runs a medicinal herb garden are of the popular places to visit. Montagu offers a wide range of facilities for those wishing to escape the city. Relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet are the things to do!
Farms that are already developed, smallholdings, commercial and industrial property, residential as well as townhouses in security complexes are on the market. The Breede River Valley is a safe and peaceful area, quality life is found here. Read Less