4 delectable wine cellars to visit in the Northern Cape

Winona Griggs

Discover 4 Amazing Wine Cellars in the Northern Cape

You may be surprised to learn that the Western Cape isn’t the only place with a wine route to explore. While the majority of wine cellars and vineyards are concentrated in the West, the Northern Cape has its own unique wine route that offers breathtaking views of mountains, arid valleys, and the majestic Orange River.

To experience the Northern Cape’s wine route, you’ll need to plan ahead and pack some delicious snacks for your road trip adventure, as it spans a radius of 350 km starting from Upington.

Orange River Cellars: Where Wine Dreams Come True

When it comes to wine, Orange River Cellars (ORC) is a name you can’t ignore. Established in 1965, ORC has become one of the largest wine cellars in the world. With four wineries spread across a 300-km stretch along the Orange River, they offer a truly remarkable wine-tasting experience.

ORC takes pride in its Straw Wine, Lyra wines, and the award-winning Orange River Cellars Red Muscadel – all of which have gained popularity among wine enthusiasts. Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or just starting your wine journey, ORC has something to offer you.

If you want an unforgettable wine experience, look no further than the Orange River Cellars in Upington. Not only can you explore the production cellars and relax in their cozy tasting rooms, but you’ll also have the opportunity to sample an impressive selection of wines. With five to seven different varieties to choose from, there’s something to suit every taste.

Landzicht

Landzicht is a winery that truly stands out. Although it was established in the 1990s, its real claim to fame came in 2017 when their Landzicht 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon took home the prestigious title of Best in South Africa at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. This is a wine you won’t want to miss.

If you’re looking for a unique wine-tasting experience, look no further than Jacobsdal and Douglas. These two cellars offer dedicated wine-tasting rooms where you can sample a wide variety of wines. From Cabernet Sauvignon to Chardonnay, Shiraz to Merlot, and everything in between, you’ll find something to suit your taste. But it doesn’t stop there. They also offer brandy and gin tasting, so you can expand your palate even further.

Discover Bezalel Wine and Brandy Estate

Just a stone’s throw away from Upington, Bezalel Wine and Brandy Estate is impossible to miss. Its massive solar plant and tower mirror make it a standout landmark in the area. Established in the 1990s, it holds the distinction of being the first private cellar in the region.

At Bezalel, you’ll find an impressive selection of wines, including Pinot Noir, Viognier, Shiraz, Columbar, Gewürztraminer Jeripigo, Sauvignon Blanc, and Port-style wine. And if brandies, liqueurs, and whisky are more to your liking, they have you covered there as well.

Hey there! Want to explore a fantastic wine and brandy estate? Look no further than Bezalel Garden Cafe restaurant and brewhouse.

Introducing Die Mas

Imagine this: as you make your way to Die Mas, you’ll be treated to a scenic journey along the irrigation canal, amidst beautiful vineyards. And don’t forget to stop by the famous Pink Padstal along the way!

Now, let’s talk wine. Die Mas offers a wide selection of wines that will make your taste buds dance with delight. From the refreshing Sauvignon Blanc to the rich Chardonnay, the spicy Shiraz, and the bold Pinotage – they have it all. Oh, and did I mention their fantastic gin selection? It’s definitely worth a try!

One of the highlights of Die Mas is their incredible wine pairing experience. You can savor the flavors of their exquisite wines while admiring the breathtaking vineyards. And if you’re in the mood for a delicious meal, the restaurant has a mouthwatering menu that will satisfy your cravings.

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