Viljoensdrift nestled south of the Elandsberg Mountains, on the banks the Breede River, the lifeblood of the Robertson Wine Valley, is home to the Viljoen family whose heritage of winemaking dates back to 1818 when their French Huguenot forefathers first planted vines. Today brothers Fred and Manie Viljoen continue this proud tradition and, after humble beginnings in 1998, they are producing award-winning wines with global appeal.

Wine tourists can expect much more from Viljoensdrift than just a taste of their distinctive wines. A visit to this peaceful haven, a mere 90 minutes from Cape Town, also promises an inspirational riverside experience including a relaxing boat trip on the tranquil waters of the Breede River, a taste adventure from the deli and a gourmet picnic on the banks of the river.

River Cruises

Trail your feet in the cool waters of the Breede River, while toasting the good life with a glass of Viljoensdrift wine on board their elegant flat-bottomed river boat named Uncle Ben 2.

The approximately 1 hour-long meander along the river, flanked by indigenous Breede River Yellow-wood and Wild Olive trees teeming with a variety of bird species, sets the scene for a leisurely riverside experience. Fill your picnic basket to the brim with sumptuous fare from our deli, add a bottle or two of Viljoensdrift’s fine wines and enjoy your picnic during your trip down the river. What better way to spend a laid-back afternoon with family and friends?

The 50 minute river cruise comes at a mere R90 for adults and R20 for children between 3 and 12 years. The boat departs daily at various times depending on reservations. Minimum of 6 adults required per cruise

Thereafter there will be trips hourly depending on bookings (a minimum of 6 Adults. Advanced bookings essential. Check-in 60 mins. prior to departure.

Deli & Picnic

The beautiful barn spills out onto a sunny deck which boasts panoramic views and is home to the new self-help deli. Fill your basket for an unforgettable gourmet picnic on the deck, on the boat or along the grassy slopes of the riverbank.

Partner freshly-baked ciabatta with pâté, cheese or any other perfect partner such as olives with a hint of garlic, bay and oregano, Shiraz conserve, basil pesto or smoked olive tapenade. Add ostrich carpaccio, apple wood smoked chicken or smoked salmon trout and a bottle (or two) of Viljoensdrift’s fine wines for a supreme culinary treat.

Complete the taste experience with chocolate salami, homemade nougat or traditional koeksisters. We regret no BYO.

Get in Touch

Contact Details
Telephone: +27 23 615 1017

Opening Times

Winter Times: (May – September)

Monday – Closed
Tuesday- Friday: 09:00 – 16:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 16:00
Sunday: 10:00 – 15:00 (Open every first and last Sunday of month)

Summer Times: (October – April)

Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Friday: 09:00 – 16:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 16:00
Sunday: 10:00 – 15:00


Decimal Degrees (WGS84)
Latitude: -33.868895
Longitude: 19.98361

Degrees, Minutes & Seconds
Latitude: S33 52 08
Longitude: E19 59 00

Latitude: S 33 52.134
Longitude: E 19 59.017

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