When you think of South African wine, the Western Cape’s Cape Winelands come to mind. However, wine cellars also extends to other regions in South Africa, including the Northern Cape.
The Northern Cape has a warm and dry climate, with the most favourable wine-cultivating conditions along the Orange River. Winemaking in the Northern Cape started from around the 1940s, which is relatively late when compared with other areas in South Africa.
Orange River Cellars
Founded in 1965, Orange River Cellars Orange harvested wine grapes for the first time in 1968. The tradition of winemaking has since been passed down from generation to generation.
The five wineries comprising Orange River Cellars are situated in Groblershoop, Grootdrink, Upington (head office), Keimoes and Kakamas. It is the second largest co-operative wine cellar in the world.
Orange River Cellars offers an extensive range of dry white wine, natural sweet and dry red wine, as well as dessert wines. These wines are successfully marketed locally and internationally and enjoyed by wine lovers and cognoscenti alike.
If you’re keen on trying a variety of wines, you can visit the Wine Tasting Centre in Upington from Monday to Saturday. Visitors can order platters while enjoying a few glasses of wine. Bookings are necessary for groups of 10 or more.
Visit their website for more information: www.orangeriverwines.com
Explore more of our beautiful province and enjoy a glass of the Northern Cape’s finest!
Bezalel Wine & Brandy Estate
Located just off the banks of the Orange River, the Bezalel Wine & Brandy Estate is a mere turn from the N14. This award-winning estate is home to a boutique wine cellar and an artisan distillery. Bezalel creates its own merlot, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and chardonnay, as well as several other varietals. The estate branched off into distilling brandy and has picked up several awards for its products.
A popular wedding and conference venue, the wine farm also has an on-site restaurant and cafe. Guests can sample a selection of dishes while enjoying a locally made bottle of wine.
If you’re looking for an in-depth experience, pay a visit to the tasting room and enjoy the estate’s boutique wines, brandies and other liqueurs. Bezalel offers a full tasting experience, which includes a tour of the cellar and distillery. Booking is essential to secure your spot. For more information, visit their website at www.bezalel.co.za.