De Krans Wine Cellar

Unnamed Road Calitzdorp Western Cape 6660 ZA

Trading Hours

Monday to Sunday:  09h00 – 16h30
Public Holidays:  09h00 – 16h30 excluding Good Friday & Christmas day
11h00  – 16h00 (Kitchen closes at 15h30)

General info

Proprietor:  Boets Nel / Stroebel Nel
Winemaker:  Louis van der Riet
Viticulturist:  Stroebel Nel
Marketing:  Boets Nel
National Distributor:  Vinimark
PRO:  Helet Viljoen / Bessie Swanepoel
Area under vines:  50 ha
Production:  500 – 600 ton
Brands:  De Krans; Garden Route
Wine: Cape Port. Various white and red wines. Muscadel. Wine from traditional Port cultivars.

Wine Tourism: Wine tasting and sales. Vineyard trail. “Pick your own Hanepoot” during mid Feb – mid March.” Pick your own Apricots” from last week November until first week December.

  • Informal wine tasting (standing)  :  6 wines of your choice  :  R40 per person
  • Formal Wine and Cheese tasting (tutored)  :  5 wines  :  R90 per person (Prior booking – 10 or more people)

More about us

De Krans Wine Cellar is situated along the upper reaches of the picturesque Gamka River Valley near Calitzdorp. The history of the farm dates back to 1890, when it was bought by the Nel family. Since 1985, most of the classic Portuguese Port and wine varieties have been planted. The present owners and cellar master are brothers Boets (who qualified as a Cape Wine Mater in 1997) and Stroebel Nel – the viticulturist.

De Krans Deli & Bistro

De Krans Deli&BistroA deli and bistro  is situated on the premises and guests can expect 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.

Meet the Managing Director

Boets Nel

Boets Nel

Boets Nel is the co-owner and managing director at De Krans Wine Cellar in Calitzdorp. He has a passion for wine and nature, loving what he does.

His favourite wine from the cellar

The Touriga Nacional with its’ spicy pepperiness, chocolate and good structure. Goes well with ostrich fillet and karoo lamb. He loves a glass of Cape Tawny or Cape Vintage Reserve after dinner – just the way to end a day.

Facts about Boets you probably did not know

He developed a love for nature and the wild life of South Africa and visit at least once a year some of the Nacional Parks to recoup and experience God’s wonderful creation with his wife, Teresa.

Meet the viticulturist

Stroebel Nel

Stroebel Nel

Stroebel Nel is co-owner and viticulturist at De Krans Wine Cellar in Calitzdorp. He loves being outdoors and spends most of his time on the farm.

His favourite wine from the cellar

He is a fan of the reds at the cellar and his current favourite is the Tinta Mocha with its beautiful wooden characteristics and soft mouth feel. His ultimate favourite is the Tawny Port!

Facts about Stroebel you probably did not know

He loves to spend time with his family and is crazy about water and water sports. He fishes, ski’s or wind-surf’s with his two sons at the Calitzdorp dam or at the southern coast of Natal in the June/July holidays.

Meet the winemaker

Louis van der Riet

Louis van der Riet

Louis van der Riet started out in 2006 in the white wine cellar at Aan de Doorns near Worcester. He was hooked and left for the Napa Valley in the USA later that year. There he worked at the Silver Oak Cellars with Cabernet Sauvignon. He came back in 2007 to study for his cellar technology diploma at Elsenburg, becoming the assistant winemaker at Allesverloren in 2009. He started out as winemaker in August this year at De Krans Wine Cellar.

His favourite wine from the cellar

The Touriga Nacional. He thinks it is an interesting cultivar with much potential and being a relatively unknown cultivar, lends itself to experimenting.

Facts about Louis you probably did not know

He loves the outdoors, is passionate about hunting and angling, braai and rugby, drinking “genoeg Chenin” with friends.

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