Planning your summer break? Whether it’s a short getaway or a longer break, do include De Krans Wines on the outskirts of Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo in your itinerary. You won’t be sorry.
From November through to February, this award-winning estate invites visitors to partake in a farm favourite of picking seasonal fruit.
From 25 November to 6 December the Bulida apricots will be available to pick at R8.50 per kg. If you prefer peaches, best you diarise 16 to 28 December when the Oom Sarel cling peaches will be ready for perfect pickings at R9.00 per kg. Or kickstart 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 3 February to 28 February, but people are advised to contact the farm in early January to get exact dates. All dates are weather dependent and may change slightly at short notice. To ensure you don’t miss out on the fun activities suited to the whole family, it is advisable to contact the farm prior to a planned visit to confirm the picking dates.
But it’s not just about a fun day out in the orchards. After working up a good appetite, the De Krans Deli & Bistro, situated on the farm, is home to a selection of delicious country cuisine and guaranteed to keep any 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 are paired with wines from the De Krans range, creating the perfect food and wine pairing. For those with a sweet tooth, be sure to keep an eye out for the delicious desserts on offer. Visitors can choose to sit indoors or outside in the shade of the trellised Hanepoot vineyard. There is also a playground for young children, two boules courses, as well as a walk-around chess-board, making De Krans a wonderful place for the whole family to visit.
The deli also offers visitors a wide selection of 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.
De Krans is home to a range of more than 20 superb wines and your visit won’t be complete without sampling some and adding them to your collection:
The De Krans 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); and
The Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc 2020 also scored 90 points in the 2020 Tim Atkin (British Master of Wine) South Africa Wine report.
De Krans’ Terroir range, consisting of their 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, for which the estate is especially known, 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.
The entire range of De Krans port style and table 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 on www.dekrans.co.za, or from many retail outlets nationwide.
Please note that De Krans Wines will be closed on Christmas Day. Call 044 2133314 for bookings or enquiries or send an email to email@example.com, and visitthe website for more information on De Krans and updated opening times.