The Definitive Guide to Activities in the Area of Nature's Valley, Plettenberg Bay Area, South Africa |
BEER AND WINE, PORT, BRANDY & MAMPOER
For beer lovers, Knysna offers tasting of ales, bitters, draft and stout at Mitchell's Knysna Brewery.
Turn right off the N2 at George Rex drive, turn left at the traffic lights, left into Sandpiper St. and right into Arend.
North of Nature's Valley and the Garden Route lies the Klein or Little Karoo, perhaps the most diverse wine region in South Africa. The Route 62 is reputed to the longest wine route in the world with no less than 17 vineyards, among them the excellent Die Krans and Boplaas wineyards. The Klein Karoo is situated between majestic mountains and its vineyards grow mostly in the fertile soil next to riverbanks. The climate is in general drier than that of other wine regions, which contributes to the mostly organically cultivated vineyards. A diversity of microclimates allows winemakers to produce a variety of quality wines, including dry wines, fortified wines and brandies. World-class port
and South Africa's champion white muscatel are produced here, as well as an extensive range of dessert wines. Members of the Klein Karoo Wine Route produce increasingly outstanding red and white wines, ranging from full-bodied cabernets to lighter drinking wines.
The wine route, www.kleinkaroowines.co.za
lies some 250 km north of Nature's Valley and stretches along the R62 from Montagu in the west to De Rust in the east and Albertinia in the south.
Free wine tasting is generally offered daily Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm and Saturday 9am - 1 pm (3pm at Boplaas).
The cellars are closed on Sundays and public holidays. Guided cellar tours are usually available if booked prior to
Mampoer is South Africa's local 'fire water', a powerful fruit-based liqueur that at Nyati is made
with double-distilled "naloop", fresh maroelas, "naartjies", lemons, limes, apricots, peaches or
a secret blend of wild berries and infuses for at least six months before it is ready for bottling. With a hefty 60%
alcohol by volume and the unique, piquant flavour of the bushveld, mampoer is one of South Africa's favourite drinks.
The traditional Mampoer distillery and whitebaits products of Nyati , thrice been voted Best Mampoer in the Country,
is situated between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna on the Wittedrift/Avontuur road. It is open from 9am to noon and 2.30pm
to 4.30pm. Bookings recommended.
The R62 Brandy Route was launched recently, stretching from Worcester along the R62 including Montagu,
Barrydale, Calitzdorp, Oudtshoorn and De Rust.
||VINEYARD / CELLAR
||Uitvlucht Wine Cellar was founded in 1941 and registered
as a co-operative in the same year.
||Montagu Wine Cellar is situated at the beginning of the
Klein Karoo region, about 200 km north of Cape Town. The cellar was established on the 17th of March 1941 and
in 1942 the first wine was produced.
||Bloupunt Hoffman Winery is the first
privately owned winery in the village and its Chardonnay wines, under the Bloupunt label, are well known.
||Rietrivier Wine Cellar is 34 years old and has 46 members.
The cellar is situated next to the Route 62, 20 km east of Montagu, in the shadow of the Langeberg Mountain.
||Follow the curves of the Langeberg along Route 62 for Joubert-Tradauw
||Barrydale Wine Cellar, for wine and brandy, is situated
between the Wildehondskloof Pass and Gysmanshoek Pass
||Die Poort, the only winery between the Outeniqua Mountain
range and the Indian Ocean, lies at the foothills of the Langeberg mountains
||Nietverloren specializes in dessert wines and dry red wines
for which they received numerous awards at the Southern Cape Bottled Wine Show. It is a small cellar near
Herbertsdale in the Southern Cape.
||Ladismith Winery was founded in 1939 when 73 wine grape farmers
came together to establish the distillery
||Boplaas has been crowned South African Champion in Ports
and is situated in Calitzdorp at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains.
||Fifteen farmers founded the Calitzdorp Wine Cellar in order
to export Hanepoot grapes. Recognised as the "Port capital of south-Africa" and Class Winner
SA Young Wine Show 2002 Blanc de Noir
||Die Krans vineyard has won more than 400 medals and awards
since 1980. The route is a thirty-minute walk.
||Just outside Oudtshoorn lie the vineyards of Sandkoppies, home of
||Kango Co-op was founded in 1926 and is the oldest organization
of its kind in Oudtshoorn. Well known for excellent sweet wines, they also produce dry white and red, and
brandy and liqueurs.
||Doornkraal lies at the foot of the Swartberg range in the
Klein Karoo, a part of South-Africa also known by its original name, Kannaland
||The tasting room of the Mons Ruber Wine Estate is in a
restored hotel of late 19th century fame. This building has been declared a National Monument
||Excelsior Winery on Vlakteplaas is approximately 55 km
from Oudtshoorn, along the Willomore road northwards
||R62 Brandy Route, SA Brandy Foundation
For chauffeur-driven tours of the winelands see Organised Tours
For children's activities on the wine route click here
The Klein Karoo
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