Pick your own fruit at De Krans Wines in Calitzdorp

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WHAT better way to relax and celebrate summer than visiting the countryside and getting closer to nature? When planning your adventure, be it an extended road trip, a mini getaway or simply getting the kids out of the house, look no further than De Krans Wines in Calitzdorp – the top TripAdvisor destination in the area.

From November to February De Krans invites visitors to partake in a farm favourite of picking seasonal fruit. From November 25 till December 6, 2020 the Bulida apricots will be available to pick at R8.50 per kg. If you prefer peaches, diarise December 16 to 28 when the Oom Sarel cling peaches will be ready for perfect picking at R9.00 per kg. Begin the New Year by picking your share of delicious, sweet Hanepoot grapes at R9.50 per kg. These grapes are expected to be ready for picking from February 3 to 28, 2021, but contact the farm in early January to get exact dates; all dates are weather dependent, and may change slightly at short notice.

A day out in the orchards is guaranteed to work up an appetite. The De Krans Deli & Bistro is home to a selection of delicious country cuisine and guaranteed to keep hunger at bay. Guests can look forward to hearty, wholesome dishes, ranging from a variety of delicious breakfast options, open deli sandwiches, light lunches, a selection of gourmet burgers and seasonal salads. All the dishes have been paired to be enjoyed with wines from the De Krans range.

The deli offers visitors a wide selection of only the finest products sourced in and around Calitzdorp and the Klein Karoo. These include local olives, olive oil, canned and dried fruit, and preserves. Other treats include homemade rusks, Calitzdorp honey and other delicious gems from the area.

Visitors can sit indoors or outside in the shade of the trellised Hanepoot vineyard. There is a playground for young children, two boules courses, as well as a walk-around chess-board.

De Krans is home to a range of more than 20 superb wines and your visit won’t be complete without sampling some to add to your collection. The Pinotage Rosé 2020 won double gold at the Rosé Rocks competition and was a Trophy Top 5 winner at the Pinotage Rosé competition (in conjunction with the Perold Absa Cape Blend competition).

The Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc 2020 scored 90 points in the 2020 Tim Atkin (British Master of Wine) South Africa Wine report. The De Krans Terroir range, consisting of Portuguese dry red wines, also received high scores from Tim Atkin, with the Tritonia Red Calitzdorp Blend 2017 and the Touriga Nacional 2018 scoring 93 points and 91 points respectively.

In addition, the Tritonia Red Calitzdorp Blend 2017 was also a Top 10 Winner in the Prescient Signature Red Blend Report 2020. Rounding out the Terroir range is the Tinta Roriz 2018, which was selected as a National Certificate Winner at the Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards.

The Port style wines again didn’t disappoint this year with the Cape Vintage Reserve 2017 walking away with the Tony Mossop Trophy for Best Cape Port at the 2020 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show as well as ranking in the Top 100 SA Wines for 2020. In turn, the Cape Vintage Reserve 2018 scored 95 points and won Overall Fortified wine of the year (fourth year in a row) in the Tim Atkin 2020 South Africa Wine report. The yet to be released Cape Vintage Reserve 2020 was selected as the SA Champion Port at the SA Young Wine show, while also winning overall champion wine at the Klein Karoo Young Wine show where De Krans Wines was also crowned as the Champion private cellar.

Congratulations to winemaker Christoff de Wet and his team, in the cellar and on the farm.

De Krans ports and wines can be purchased directly from the cellar. Should you not be able to make the trip to Calitzdorp, the wines are available to order online or from many retail outlets nationwide.

Wine tasting: Mondays to Sundays 9am till 5pm

Wine sales: Mondays to Fridays 9am till 5pm as per current government regulations (tasting and sales are allowed on weekends, with an arrangement of delivery the week after the weekend)

Bistro and deli: Mondays to Sundays 10am till 4pm (kitchen closes at 3.30pm)

De Krans Wines will be closed on Christmas Day. Call 044 2133314 for bookings or enquiries, or email [email protected]

PHOTO CREDIT: TEGAN SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY ©

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