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Klein Karoo Kannaland Wine Route, Western Cape

Klein Karoo Kannaland Wine Route, Western CapeKlein Karoo Kannaland Wine Route begins in Montagu on the world famous Route 62 which links old Western Cape wine growing areas to the Garden Route and then continues on to the Eastern Cape to Port Elizabeth. The Klein Karoo is an arid inland scrubland separated from the Garden Route by mountain ranges which extend from Cape Town to the Outeniqua. This wine route takes in the beautiful towns of Montagu, Barrydale, Ladismith, Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn and includes a winery on the Montagu Pass (no connection to the town) near George which lies on the coastal side of the Outeniqua Mountains in the Garden Route.

The climate is totally different to that of the wine routes in other parts of the Western Cape – the weather is harsh and extreme by comparison and the land is characterized by towering mountains and vast open scrubland and veldt. The scenery is truly spectacular but completely different to the rolling green hills and valleys you will experience when travelling on the other side of the mountains from Cape Town to the Garden Route. The village of Prince Albert at the foot of the giant Swartberg should not be missed although it does not really form part of the wine route.

Notwithstanding the harsh conditions, or perhaps because of them, the Klein Karoo has become one of the best wine growing areas in South Africa. The best port and brandies are produced here and the wines have been heralded throughout the world. We have chosen a good representative number of wineries and estates to make your visit to this unique and very special area a most memorable experience.

Montagu Wine and Spirits Company was created when the Uitvlucht and Rietrivier Cellar combined on the 1st January 2010. Uitvlucht was the original farm on which the town of Montagu was established in 1853 and the Rietrivier Wine Cellar was founded in 1963. The Rietrivier farm is situated about 27Km from Montagu on Route 62 on the way to Barrydale. Read more …
Joubert-Tradauw Private Cellar is situated near the town of Barrydale on the famous Route 62 in the Klein Karoo. Established 61 years ago by Schalk-Willem Joubert, the farm grows fruit and premium grape cultivars – Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Read more …
Boplaas Family Vineyards was founded near Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo more than 150 years ago by the Nel family. The farm is situated at the foot of the spectacular Swartberg Mountains in the Southern Cape about 450 Km from Cape Town on the famous Route 62. Read More …
Calitzdorp Wine Cellar was established in 1928 in the Klein Karoo town of Calitzdorp in the Western Cape on the renowned Route 62, the longest wine route in the world. This quaint town situated in a beautiful valley with a climate very similar to that found in Douro in Portugal, is the port capital of South Africa. Read More …
Karusa Vineyard is well known for its Cap Classique and Mediterranean-styled wines, Karusa is a family operated and managed Southern Cape Premium Wine producer. Karusa is the first and only Premium Private Winery in Oudtshoorn and has won the Champion White Wine of the Southern Cape Regional wine show for two years running! Read more …
Herold Wines is situated in the most unlikely place on the spectacular Montagu Pass in the Outeniqua Mountains near the Garden Route town of George in the Southern Cape although it forms part of the Klein Karoo Kannaland Wine Route. The vineyards are planted on the sunlit northern slopes of Cradock Peak, the highest of the mountain range. Read more …

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