Viljoensdrift
Viljoensdrift
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
Viljoensdrift Fine Wines & River Cruises is a family owned farm and winery with brothers Fred and Manie Viljoen at the helm. In addition to our wines, we offer visitors a special experience for a day outing. After driving to the beautiful Robertson Wine Valley, just 2 hours from Cape Town, guests can join us for a 50 minute River Cruise on the Breede River. A tasting on arrival helps guests to choose the right wine to take on board along with a picnic basket of choice breads, cheeses, & cold meats. Sit down meals are also available from our Deli. We have live music on most weekends. Wines include the River Grandeur range, Anchor Drift, Cape Vintage Reserve, Villion MCC, & Muskapino Sweet Pink Sparkling Wine *River bookings must be made online. (see website) *The deli closes 30 minutes before the gates. *We are only open on the first Sunday of the month, except for peak season (Summer).
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Amanda M
Holt, UK33 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Great river cruise but after having to complete online indemnity forms I was surprised to see young children running around without life jackets on and the gangway had only one chain across and the bottom chain was missing. No wonder we had to submit indemnity forms! Basic health and safety regulations were not followed. The deli had an extremely surly, aggressive and unfriendly person working there and as I had intended to do a wine tasting I was put off by her arrogance and no longer wanted to engage with her. Unfortunately did not get to taste their wine as frankly couldn't wait to leave. Also there's no atmosphere and no furnishings. Worst vineyards I visited in South Africa 😞 I do not recommend!
Written 9 March 2024
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Sightsee60929783237
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Extremely disappointing. My wife and I visited this winery 5 years ago and had a fabulous experience. This visit began with 4 out of 9 wines being unavailable, with no Cape Classic option what so ever. Moving on to the seating area, we were greeted by a musician singing over prerecorded music at sound levels that had everyone shouting at each other to talk. The music played when the karaoke musician stopped was techno dance hall…a rave by the Breede River? The deli selection is now all prepackaged (vacuum packed) and not remotely fresh. Unfortunately, other than the beautiful scenery, I see no reason to visit this establishment.
Written 3 March 2024
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Paulista668
São Paulo315 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends

This is a classy vineyard with an attractive restaurant and shop on the banks of the Breede river. You can buy picnic food and wine and take a river cruise that lasts about an hour. We were lucky that the boat was only half full and had a relaxing time in beautiful weather. Bring a hat and sunblock. It is very popular so visit on weekdays or before the crowds arrive.
Written 14 November 2023
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Jeroen
Utrecht, The Netherlands9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
My recent visit to Viljoensdrift restaurant was a huge disappointment. Upon arrival, we were left standing without anyone to greet us. When someone finally appeared, the lady who assisted us seemed to be having a bad day. She was not friendly, did not offer a smile, and was not service-oriented in the slightest.

We decided to go for a wine tasting, hoping that this would salvage our experience. However, even this was not enjoyable. After receiving our wine samples, we were left waiting for a long time for someone to provide information about the wines. When someone finally arrived, their explanations were extremely basic, and we were not provided with any additional information or insights about the wines that we were tasting.

Overall, the service at Viljoensdrift was extremely poor, with no effort made to make us feel welcome or valued as customers. The wine tasting experience was particularly underwhelming, with a lack of guidance or expertise provided about the wines on offer. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone seeking an enjoyable dining or wine-tasting experience.
Written 3 April 2023
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Michele B
Western Cape, South Africa23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
You aren't allowed to bring your own refreshments, but able to purchase from their delicatessen to take onto the boat. Staff were friendly, sanitised rails and tables before we boarded. A gentle ride,with lots of birds and beautiful scenery.
Written 10 March 2023
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keithamara
St Ives, UK490 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Despite the fact that we had unfortunately booked the Viljoensdrift boat trip for the hottest day of our holiday it was very enjoyable. The trip takes about 50 minutes and you can take wines and food that you have purchased at the winery with you.
Written 28 February 2023
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Paule K
Cape Town, South Africa93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
27 August 2022. We booked for the 1pm slot . The afternoon slots seems to be very popular times as the 2pm slot was fully booked a week in advance. Viljoensdrift is a beautiful place. Peaceful and yet vibrant and I am sure gets hectically busy in summer. The deli is well stocked and for those who like a glass of wine, their range of wines looked impressive. They have wine tasting as well and that seemed quite popular especially if waiting for your time to go on the river. Their meals are well prepared and tasty. The river cruise is fantastic especially if you want to celebrate with a picnic (baskets of which you can fill up at the deli prior to your cruise). All in all a good experience and well worth the drive from Cape Town.
Written 6 September 2022
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Odyssey28860880817
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
A very enjoyable experience! The wine-tasting, sitting on the banks of the Breede River, snacking on the wonderful selection of cheeses and biscuits, was a truely relaxing experience. Viljoensdrift wines are something to behold. Although they have a fantastic variety of excellent red and white wines, please do not forget to taste the desert wines. I bought a box of Cape Preserve, which I have to hide from my family at home... :)
Written 21 May 2022
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Carmelita O
Stellenbosch, South Africa46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
We nearly missed our trip as, we had driven past the turn-off for the cruise and had to go back but we made it with enough time to order a picnic. Don't forget to take wine glasses as they are not offered and with a drain brain like mine, could easily be forgotten and extra cutlery as there's only one knife in the box they put your picnic goodies in. The trip was lovely and we were amazed to pass the Goudmyn Chalets where we were booked in for the weekend. Next time, I hope we get a more relaxed crowd though. I'm all for people having fun but not at the expense of the people around you. Even so, we loved it and will be back. Cost is now R90 per person. There is a restaurant on site as well as a picnic area where you can eat instead of a picnic on the boat.
Written 6 December 2021
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Jen_N
Richmond, VA30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
We had a wonderful afternoon at Viljoensdrift - excellent wine, delicious fish and chips (and huge portions) and a very nice leisurely river cruise. Highly recommended for a visit!
Written 23 February 2021
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Thank you for the recommendation Roving790965, come back soon!
Written 2 August 2021
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