After more and more farms were started in the Breëde river area in the region that was known as “over het roodezandt”, the need for a church and school was growing. After using then van Zyls farm Over het Roodezandt for church gatherings for a while, the Dutch Reformed Church bought it and the town was founded in 1853 , Robertson was named after the Dutch Reformed Minister Dr William Robertson.
Robertson today is a prosperous town in a beautiful setting in the shadows of the Langeberg Mountains in the Breëderiver valley. Robertson is the main town in the Robertson wine Valley with its numerous tourist attractions and neighbouring towns of McGregor, Ashton, Bonnievale and Montagu. It is central located and been use by tourists for the town to stay in while they explore the area in a 160 km radius. Robertson is a peaceful country town with a population of +-20,000 people with several schools, churches of all dominations and all the service you will need in the country side. Robertson is on the famous R62 tourism road and experience a rapid growth in tourism with 50 accommodation establishments, 50 wine estates, lots of restaurants, art galleries, shops, 18 hole golf-links and numerous other attractions. The streets are wide and lined with lusty growing trees. All roads leading to and from Robertson are in good shape. The rural road in the valley are lined with cannas,roses and lovely trees. Robertsonians are warm & friendly country people and are looking forward to have you here.