Route 8: West Coast Wines (North)
MelkboomsdriftFrom Vredendal take the R363 north to Lutzville. On your way, you will find Melkboomsdrift, a working wine farm with a restored farmhouse, circa 1820. Apart from winetasting, it offers four-star accommodation, river cruises and excellent conference facilities. Open Monday to Friday: 08:00 – 17:00. Tel: +27 27 217 2624, E-mail: email@example.com
Seal BreezeWe bring you a vintage from the Olifants River Valley as a unique and exclusive handmade wine with no help from modern equipment. The grapes are handpicked close to the Atlantic Ocean on the West Coast of South Africa. Seal Breeze Wines are nestled on the banks of the Olifants River, where it flows into the diamond rich ocean of the South African West Coast.
A few miles downstream, the Atlantic Ocean’s bracing Benguela current brings cool breezes to create perfect conditions for our brilliant, multi-faceted fine wines. The mild climate, dominated by misty mornings, sunny days and prevailing south-westerly sea breeze, is perfect for growing top quality grapes. Only three tons per cultivator is organically grown.
All wines are matured in French and American oak barrels. Open Monday to Friday: 09:00 – 16:30.
Lutzville Cape Diamond VineyardsLutzville Cape Diamond Vineyards is the second biggest cellar volume-wise in the country. Its unique setting on the banks of the Olifants River not only makes it the most westerly cellar in South Africa, but also exposes it to the cooling influence of the nearby Atlantic Ocean. Open Monday to Friday: 09:00 – 17:00, Saturdays and Public Holidays: 10:00 – 14:00. Tel: +27 27 217 1516, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Olifants River ValleySpend the evening in the heart of the heart of the Valley at one of the many accommodation facilities. Tourism info: +27 27 201 3376
Stoumann's WinesJust outside of Vredendal is a family-run enterprise where two passions rule – their wines and the endangered geometric tortoise. This prehistoric beastie is honoured on their flagship wine appropriately called Vine de la Tortue – a Cabernet, Shiraz and Pinotage blend packed with beautifully complex cassis flavours. Open by appointment. Tel: +27 83 241 0987, E-mail: email@example.com
Namaqua Wines SpultdriftOn the R363 between Vredendal and Klawer, Namaqua Wines was founded on 28 October 1968 and its equipped with the most modern technology in the production of various types of wines. Climatic conditions are conducive to producing soft, flavourful wines which are typified by their remarkable drinkability and overall complexity. The Keldery is the winery’s stylish, spacious visitor centre on the farm which offers a complete wine and food experience. The menu offers a selection of delicious dishes with a traditional flavour.
Open Monday to Friday: 08:00 – 17:30, Saturdays and Public Holidays: 08:30 – 12:00.
Klawer CellarTravelling further north, you’ll find the pride of the Olifants River Valley – Klawer Cellar. Although locally available, Birdfield is an export series of wines. Both the winemaker and the cellar have already won a varity of Varitas and other awards. The cellar is producing top quality wines with limited cultivars like Shiraz, Pinotage, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc (Stein) and Chardonnay. Tel: +27 27 216 1530, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
KlawerOvernight at one of the guest houses and enjoy a leisurely 3-hour drive to Cape Town the next day. Tourism info: +27 27 201 3376 E-mail: email@example.com