Wine farms you need to know about in the Northern Cape

November 15, 2017  — 

When you think of South African wine, the Western Cape’s Cape Winelands come to mind. However, viticulture also extends to other regions in South Africa, including the Northern Cape.

We’ve put together a short guide to the Northern Cape’s expanding wine industry.

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.

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, please call 054 491 1141 or email marketing@bezalel.co.za.

Enjoy the Bezalel Wine & Brandy Estate.

Enjoy the Bezalel Wine & Brandy Estate.  (Image: Bezalel Wine & Brandy Estate)

Orange River Cellars

Founded in 1965, Orange River Cellars is located in Upington. Since the first batch of wine grapes was harvested in 1968, the tradition of winemaking has since been passed down from generation to generation.

The wine farm offers a selection of products, from dry white wines to sparkling grape juices, and has a wine-tasting centre on-site. Guests can also experience a wine cellar tour and find out more about what goes into making Orange River Cellar products.

If you’re keen on trying a variety of wines, the Orange River Cellars hosts tastings from Monday to Saturday. Visitors can order platters while enjoying a few glasses of wine. Bookings are necessary for groups of 10 or more.

For more information about bookings and the wine farm, please call 054 337 8800.

Explore more of our beautiful province and enjoy a glass of the Northern Cape’s finest. We hope to see you soon!

Enjoy the food and wine at Orange River Cellars.

Enjoy the food and wine at Orange River Cellars.  (Image: Orange River Cellars )