Riverton seasonal calendar

A Time and a Season for everything

A different world

 

Robertson, only a 2 hour’s drive from Cape Town, is the ideal wine tasting getaway! Drive through the N1 tunnel and you enter a different world.

Robertson only receives about 150mm to 255mm of rain per year and because it receives most of its rainfall during winter it has a Mediterranean climate. The sparse rainfall tends to be concentrated and disappears after an hour or so. Robertson very seldom experiences misty, miserable weather for days on end. In contrast Cape Town receives an average of 629mm of rain per year. June in Cape Town receives on average 108 mm across 13 days.

Our temperature

 

The average midday temperatures for Robertson range from a warm winter  16.7°C in July to a hot summer 29°C in February. In contrast to the warm winter days that allow you to thaw, the region is the coldest during July when the mercury drops to 4.2°C on average during the night.

All our bedrooms have panel heaters or an aircon to stave off the cold in winter and fans to gently cool you in summer. Comforters or extra blankets are also provided. There is nothing nicer than snuggling up in front of the fireplace on a cold winter’s night.

January has the lowest mm of Rainfall

July has the highest mm of Rainfall

Only 150 to 255mm of rain per year

Amazing sunny days all year long

Seasonal Calendar

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January - glorious weather

Yearlings are taken on long walks to prepare them for the Cape Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 at the CTICC

Peach harvesting

Lucern cut and baled

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February & March - hottest months but our rooms all have a fan or an air-conditioner

Grape harvest

Yearlings are taken on long walks to prepare them for the Cape Regional(s) Sales

Lucern cut and baled

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April - Perfect! Not too hot and not to cold

Yearlings are taken on long walks to prepare them for the National Yearling Sales in Johannesburg

Lucern cut and baled

New lucern lands prepared and planted

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May & June -Lovely weather but by June the nights are chilly. We provide firewood for the fireplaces in the dining room and family/TV room

Yearlings are taken on long walks to prepare them for the KZN Yearling Sale

General farm work

Prepare soils for new plantings

Orchards are pruned

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July - escape the Cape Town drizzle! Our days tend to be warm but our nights are cold, especially if there is snow on the mountains

Planting of new crops

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August - Days are lovely but nights are for snuggling around the fire unless a horse is being born

Start of the horse foaling season which lasts till about mid November

Planting of new crops

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September - Spring is in the air and the Klein Karoo puts on a magnificent show of daisies along the side of the road

Start of the mares being sent to be covered (mated) by a stallion

Foaling season continues in full swing

General farm maintenance

Lucern cut and baled

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October - Temperatures are warming up, but the weather can't make up it's mind

Start of the mares being sent to be covered (mated) by a stallion

Foaling season continues in full swing

General farm maintenance

Lucern cut and baled

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November Days & nights are warm and Robertson is awash in a purple haze of flowering Jakaranas

Mares are being sent to be covered (mated) by a stallion

Foaling season coming to an end mid-Nov

Round about the 3rd week of November the early apricots (Supergolds) are ready for harvest

Apricots exported

Lucern cut and baled

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December - Weather can be superb

Mares are being sent to be covered (mated) by a stallion

Apricots exported

Lucern cut and baled

Apricot Season
Aug to Nov is Foaling Season: 4hours old foal photo by TopShotz
Barry House on Riverton in November - a purple rain of Jakaranda blossoms