Boplaas Family Vineyards

Saayman Street Calitzdorp Western Cape 6660 ZA

Trading hours

Monday to Friday:  09h00 – 17h00
09h00 – 16h00
10h00 – 15h00
Public Holidays:
 09h00 – 17h00 excluding Good Friday & Christmas day

General info

Proprietor:  Carel Nel
Winemaker:  Carel Nel / Margaux Nel
Marketing:  Rozanne Nel
Admin:  Annerie Cornelis
Ray Cromhout
Area under vines:  70 ha
Production:  1 000 ton
Brands:  Boplaas; Carel Nel Wines
Wines:  Cape Port. Potstill brandy. Various white and red wines. Muscadel. Sparkling. Rose. Wine from traditional Port cultivars.
Wine Tourism: Wine & spirit tasting, distilling lounge, cheese platters, artisanal cocktails, chocolate & wine pairings.

More about us

Tucked away in a fertile hamlet at the very edge of the Cape winelands and at the heart of the Klein Karoo, one finds Boplaas Family Vineyards and the Nel family, who since 1880 have tended vines and crafted wines in Calitzdorp.

Owner and cellar master, Carel Nel – a descendant of Danie Nel whom in 1880 exported Cape potstill brandy to the U.K. under the Boplaas brand – farms 70 ha of vines with his children Margaux (winemaker), Rozanne (marketing), and Daniel (distiller) hand -crafting fine sparkling wine, still wine, Cape fortifieds, Muscats and Potstill brandy.

In keeping with the biodiversity initiative, Boplaas devoted 2200 ha exclusively to nature conservation objectives, while a portion of income generated by wine exports is budgeted for conservation.

Boplaas – Klipheuwel Tasting Room (Klein Brak)

Boplaas-Klipheuwel Farm, R102, Klein Brak Rivier Open 7 days per week.

Come and discover the Boplaas Family Vineyards wine tasting room on the Klipheuwel Farm, Klein Brak Rivier, along the Garden Route.

We look forward to sharing our award winning wines, spirits and cheese platters from local produce.  This child and pet friendly property boast a bakery, deli, beer house/ pizzeria and bike park.

Phone: +27 (0)66 499 4320

Meet the winemaker

Margaux Nel

Margaux Nel

Margaux Nel is the winemaker at Boplaas Family Vineyards and daughter of Carel Nel. She grew up on the farm in Calitzdorp and loves the Klein Karoo, doing her MScAgrig in Viticulture on Touriga Nacional in 2009.

Her favourite wine from the cellar

She loves the Boplaas Family Reserve Touriga Nacional and the Bobbejaanberg Sauvignon Blanc.

More about Margaux

She likes hiking in the veldt, touring the globe and drinking interesting wines.

Meet the distiller

Daniel Nel

Daniel Nel is the 7th generation distiller at Boplaas Family Vineyards. He is in charge of the distilling of Cape brandy, whisky and gin.

His favourite wine from the cellar

He enjoys the Stoepsit Sauvignon Blanc and the Boplaas 6YO Tawny Cask Whisky and the Boplaas 8 Citrus Gin.

More about Daniel

Daniel loves spending his time outdoors and are very interested in conservation efforts.


Meet the tasting room personnel

Ray Cromhout

Ray Cromhout

Ray Cromhout works in the tasting room at Boplaas Family Vineyards, helping with wine tastings and sales.

Her favourite wine from the cellar

Wines she loves are Bobbejaanberg (a full dry white), Ring of Rocks (a blend of Portuguese varieties), her ultimate favourite – 8 Citrus Gin  and then the Boplaas 8 YO Whisky,  an experience of note!

More about Ray

Ray loves doing upcycling/repurposing of broken, damaged goods – making things beautiful again makes her gratified and happy.


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