Welcome to Riverton

Dating back to 1860, Riverton estate was purchased by the Barry’s in 1918, over a 100 years ago in the same year that the revered Nelson Mandela was born. Located on the Golden River Route, home to several of our countries superior wine producing estates, near Robertson in the Cape Central Valley, 2 hours from Cape Town.

Riverton is a working farm and home to one of the top thoroughbred horse breeding studs in South Africa. An authentic farm stay can be experienced in the charming original manor house on the estate which can accommodate a large family or friends group. A contemporary renovation of a cow barn overlooking the Riverton dam is the ideal country escape for a couple. The estate borders the Breede River and guests are welcome to walk down to the river for a swim or fish on a catch and release basis.

Kindly note that Riverton Stud visits are only available by prior appointment.

Fun on the track!

Riverton Stud

Our passion is horses and the number of thoroughbreds on our farm is limited to allow daily individual attention.

Our mission is to breed the best thoroughbred athlete. Our vision is for investors in a Riverton thoroughbred to value their horse, have fun on the track and enjoy a return on their investment in this highly competitive sport. There is nothing like the thrill of your horse winning!

Accommodation

Barry House on Riverton

Barry House on Riverton farm is a charming 4 star exclusive self-catering large historic manor. Celebrate time away with up to 12 (max 14) family or friends sharing 6 bedrooms & 5 bathrooms. Ideally located amongst the best award winning wine estates along the Breede River and 6km from Robertson’s restaurants.

Wine Down Cottage

Wine Down Cottage is a new modern luxury escape overlooking the Riverton estate dam. With a dedicated office it is ideal for a couple to relax and unwind or a writer desiring to work remotely.

Barry House on Riverton
Welcome to Wine Down Cottage
Barry & Nephews promissory note

Heritage

The family are descendants of the Honourable Joseph Barry and his nephews who traded by ship and significantly opened up trade opportunities for Overberg farmers, encouraged the improvement in wool and wine quality to internationally competitive standards, and provided counting houses (the forerunner to banks) in the Overberg in the 1880s.