Nearby farms: Joubert Tradauw Private Cellar ,
Klein Karoo Wine Route
Spread out across the Klein Karoo with its uniquely South African cuisine, warm welcome and unspoilt landscapes, this diverse wine route stretches along the R62 from Montagu westwards through the towns of Barrydale, Ladismith, Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn, to De Rust and Herold in the east.
Various microclimates enable Klein Karoo winemakers to produce a wide variety of quality wines that include crisp whites and appealing reds, potstill brandies, and the ever-popular Muscadel and Cape Port.
More than just the home of an excellent range of wines, the Klein Karoo Wine Route offers visitors unique cuisine, the warmth and hospitality of its people, and the mystique of its landscape.
wine route offers a variety of outdoor activities, including
spelunking, camping, mountain-biking, hiking and walking trails, as
well as a number of road and trail races.
The Klein Karoo Wine Route on the popular Route62, has so many little villages and must-visit spots, that visitors are sure to need a few days to explore the area. This long wine route offers B&Bs, guesthouses, hotels and self-catering accommodation on farms. Expect a wide variety that will suit every taste and pocket.
The Klein Karoo Wine Route in the southern Cape is arguably the most diverse of South Africa’s wine regions. It is the easternmost wine-producing region, stretching along the Cape Route 62 from Montagu in the west to the Outeniqua in the east.
Various micro-climates enable Klein Karoo winemakers to produce a wide variety of quality wines, including dry wines, fortified wines and pot-stilled brandies. World-class port-style wine and South Africa’s champion Muscadel are specialties among the fortified wines produced here, along with a host of outstanding red and white wines, which vary from full-bodied Shiraz to lighter styles.
Oudtshoorn is synonymous with the history of ostrich farming in South Africa, and there are many farms where visitors can see these birds up close. One of the most interesting natural attractions is the Cango Caves, that lie in the foothills of the Swartberg about 30km outside Oudtshoorn, and it should not be missed.
- Local food and wine: al fresco deli at Joubert-Tradauw, Barrydale Pizzeria, De Krans Deli & Bistro or Doornkraal Farm Stall
- Cango Caves
- Ostrich farm visit
- Star gazing
- 4x4 routes
- Mountain biking
- Morning walk with the meerkats
The highlight of the events calendar would have to be the annual National Klein Karoo Arts Festival held in Oudtshoorn during April and the Winter Festival in Calitzdorp during June.
A roadtrip story: There’s nothing little about the Klein Karoo
A power surge suddenly propels us as our host grins and pushes the accelerator to the floor. Roadside scrub turns to blur as I return my gaze from the chrome-littered dash to the mountains on the other side of the windscreen.
This is a 1956 Cadillac Sedan De Ville, a car-about-town that’s arguably even more suave now than when issued as first of range to the head of General Motors South Africa.
Discover Portuguese varieties in the wines of the Klein Karoo
Port producers worldwide have long despaired at the drain in worldwide sales. Enthusiasm for Portuguese variety wines however, has given wineries of the Klein Karoo a lift.