Boplaas Ring of Rocks not just a circle of stones

Date posted:
July 4, 2012

Across from the Boplaas cellar in Calitzdorp, one finds a circle of Karoo stones among the vineyards, surrounded by Spekbome with the mighty Swartberg as backdrop. Erected by avid amateur archaeologist and cellar master of Boplaas, Carel Nel, in honour of the ancient civilizations who utilized similar stone circles to observe the equinoxes and solstices – the celestial events signifying the changing of the seasons.

These stone circles were critical in aiding ancient farmers to determine the planting and harvesting cycles which allowed them to produce agricultural products more efficiently, and in so doing, laying the foundations for the growth of civilization.

Besides being a tourist attraction in the quaint Klein Karoo hamlet with its magnificent sandstone church, the Ring of Rocks is also one of the wines in the Boplaas Family Reserve range. An innovative and evocative blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and touriga nacional crafted by traditional vinification methods and in limited quantities, this red blend combines the familiar flavours of Bordeaux’s famed blending components with the unique, enticing and aromatic touriga nacional from Portugal’s Douro Valley. 

When next in Calitzdorp, feel free to wander around the stone circle, taste Boplaas’ wines and fine Cape brandy, or better still, enjoy a glass of the Ring of Rocks while the sun sets on another glorious day in the Klein Karoo.

For more information, please visit, call 044-2133326, send an email to, or even better, visit our cellar next time you’re in Calitzdorp.


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