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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.
From Vine to Glass: South African Wine & Traceability
In the Middle Ages wax seals were used to authenticate documents. South Africa’s own sustainability wine seal does a similar job. The seal guarantees that the information on the bottle label about the variety, vintage and origin of the wine is accurate and that the wine has been grown and made in an environmentally friendly way. To date, South Africa is the only country in the world with such an all-encompassing guarantee.
35 Unique self-catering farm stays for families in the Winelands
Memories are made of this. Families and friends sharing an idyllic breakaway together, somewhere on a serene farm in a wine region.
Here’s our list of 35 highly recommended fresh-air South African farm stays for large families, varying from earthy and rustic to lavish and luxurious.