"Since 1890," declares the De Krans Wines website that highlights the heritage of the Calitzdorp farm in the Klein Karoo. The first Portuguese grape variety in Calitzdorp was planted in 1973 at De Krans by a twist of fate. Chris Nel, father of Boets and Stroebel Nel, intended to plant Shiraz, which turned out to be Tinta Barocca, when the newly planted vineyard started bearing grapes in 1976. Since 1985 other classic Portuguese varieties, such as Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela and Souzão, have been planted. Today, De Krans is a renowned producer of wines in the port style and made from Portuguese grape varieties.
De Krans Deli and Bistro is situated at the farm, and home to a selection of delicious country cuisine. Guests can look forward to hearty, healthy and quality 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 have been paired to be enjoyed 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 delectable desserts on offer. The deli offers visitors a wide selection of only the finest products sourced in and around Calitzdorp and the Klein Karoo. These include local cheeses, as well as olives, olive oil, canned and dried fruit, and preserves. Other treats include homemade rusks, Calitzdorp honey and other delicious gems from the area. Visitors can choose to sit indoors or outside in the shade of the trellised Hanepoot vineyard. There is also a playground for children, making De Krans a wonderful place for the whole family to visit this summer. De Krans Bistro & Deli is currently number one destination in Calitzdorp on TripAdvisor. Opening hours from 10am until 4pm. Telephone number: 044 2133 314