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Robertson, known as the Valley of Wine and Roses, is a small town in the Breederiver area about 160km from Cape Town.
Robertson is less than 100km away from Agulhas the southernmost point of Africa.
The South-Easterly from Aghulhas ensures that vineyards are cooled down each afternoon especially during the summer months.
Our 3 farms have quite diverse soils and daily temperatures.
Firstly Mont Blois is situated in the Hoopsrivier Ward. We are the only winery in the Hoopsrivier area. The Hoopsrivier is an intermittent river that only flows after heavy South-Easterly rains late autumn and spring. Day and night temperatures in the De Hoop Valley are 3 degrees cooler than the town centre which is about 6 kilometres away. This is due to the proximity of the Langeberg Mountains and the overshadowing it creates. On the river banks there are mainly deep alluvial soils with a large fraction of river pebbles. On the foot slopes, where the majority of vineyards are planted the soils heavy-textured reddish-brown soils.
Secondly La Fontaine is also in the Hoopsrivier ward but about 3km closer to the town centre. Vineyards are located on the plains rather than foot slopes. This area is slightly warmer and is where our Pinotage and Cabernet Vineyards are located. The reds ripen perfectly in the deep red Karoo soils with a high percentage of clay in the sublayers.
Thirdly our Sunshine farm is typical Robertson soils and lies on the banks of the Breede River, about 25km away from Mont Blois. Deep red Karoo soils with abundant limestone patches dominates on this farm. It’s the limestone that makes these soils so special. They ensure that natural acidity is retained in the grapes. This is a very low-rainfall area and irrigation is essential. Excellent quality water is obtained from the Brandvlei Dam as well as the Breede River. The soils on the banks of the BreedeRiver are alluvial soils. The climate here is more continental with warm temperatures during the day and cold temperatures at night.
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