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Author: Annemi Nel

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The annual Calitzdorp Winter Festival will take place from 15 – 17 June this year. Prepare yourself for a weekend of interesting red wines from Portuguese grape varieties, the best port- style wines, good food, live music and fun activities held throughout the town. For something unique, be sure to book your space for the Calitzdorp Mystery dinner on Saturday 16 June, when you will visit 5 secret locations where you will enjoy different food and wines.

Be sure to diarise the annual Blossom Festival (Bloeiselfees), which will take place on the 1st of September 2018 at De Krans. Bring your friends and family and celebrate the first day of spring.  Be ready to feast your eyes on the beautiful peach and apricot blossoms while participating in the photography competition. Other activities include playing boules, a market day on the Saturday, as well as a fun walk/run.  Be sure to also use the opportunity to taste our wines and port-style wines, or have a lovely breakfast or lunch at the bistro.

The De Krans Bistro and Deli excelled at the annual Klein Karoo Gourmand Awards (Smulpaap-toekennings), scooping the 2017 Gourmand Destination Award (Farm Stall Eatery Category). The awards took place on 16 March at the Village Trading Post in De Rust. The criteria for this award is consistent good quality food, a great atmosphere and fantastic service. Chef and Bistro manager, Shannon Botes, was in attendance to receive the award on behalf of his team. The De Krans Bistro and Deli was also awarded the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence and became the Tripadvisor recommended number one destination in Calitzdorp. The bistro offers a wide selection of breakfast and lunch options, perfect

The De Krans Bistro and Deli has had a fabulous season with many local and international visitors. In March, the Bistro and Deli excelled at the annual Klein Karoo Gourmand Awards (Smulpaap-toekennings), scooping the 2018 Gourmand Destination Award (Farm Stall Eatery Category). The criteria for this award are consistent good quality food, a great atmosphere and fantastic service. Chef and Bistro manager, Shannon Botes, was in attendance to receive the award on behalf of his team. The De Krans Bistro and Deli was also awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and is still the number one destination in Calitzdorp on TripAdvisor. Our long table dinners that we’ve had over summer

Visitors came flocking to the farm this summer to pick their own Bulida apricots, Oom Sarel yellow cling peaches and Hanepoot grapes. The apricots are usually picked over a period of two weeks from end of November until the first week of December and the peaches the last two weeks of December. The Hanepoot picking in February was a great success as always. In the times we live in, it seems that a rustic, close-to nature, do-it-yourself, slow activity is so scarce, making this opportunity even more unique and popular. What can be better than getting that city grid out of your hair, bringing your own basket and picking

It seems just like yesterday when we wrote our November 2017 newsletter and so much has happened since then. We made it through one of the toughest harvests while battling with the worst drought in 100 years. The entire team worked incredibly hard around the clock to get in as much grapes as possible and the managing team had their hands full prioritizing between grapes based on their sugars and the condition of the vines. Luckily, while the harvest was much smaller (down 45% of our 2017 harvest), what we lacked in volume we made up in exceptional quality. While the harvest was our main focus, we couldn’t loose

What could be better than combining two of the things we love most - wine and coffee (in no particular order, of course). The final result of this combination is the De Krans Original Espresso – port and coffee all in one bottle. When the winemaking team at De Krans created this style of wine a few years ago, the end result produced a wine with strong flavours of coffee beans, combined with a rich character and perceived sweetness. It has proved to be a resounding success for the team as it has become one of the popular ports in the De Krans range. And no, no coffee beans

With the first Portuguese grapes planted in the 70’s in Calitzdorp, De Krans organically gravitated towards producing exceptional quality port-style wines. Backed up by several top awards for these wines, De Krans has managed to carve a name for itself through the years as being one of the leading port-style wine producers in the country. Their flagship, the Cape Vintage Reserve boasts eleven vintages, being awarded with the sought-after 5-star rating in Platter's Wine Guide, with the most recent Cape Vintage Reserve 2015 scoring 96 points (and earning the title of Best Fortified Wine in South Africa) in the 2017 Tim Atkin SA Wine Report, as well as

Having made it through one of the toughest harvests as a result of the drought, being able to release the first 2018 vintage, seems to be extra special this year. The De Krans Pinotage Rosé, which was released at the beginning of April, is packed with red fruit flavour and a balanced acidity, resulting in a burst of freshness. On the nose you’ll pick up soft elegant rose petals, candy floss and hints of strawberries. Having previously produced a Rosé from other grape varieties, this style of wine has finally found its stride at De Krans in 2016 with South Africa’s signature variety Pinotage. Not only are the Pinotage

Still hot off its big win last year at the Old Mutual Trophy Show where the De Krans Tritonia Calitzdorp Blend 2015 walked away with the trophy for Best Red Blend (Non-Bordeaux), this Calitzdorp blend solidified its status as a top quality red when it was recently awarded a Gold medal at the Six Nations Wine Challenge 2017. This unique competition focuses on showcasing the quality and diversity of new world wines. The other five countries are made up of Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Canada and the USA. Judges from each country select their respective country’s best wines to ultimately amount to 600 wines competing against each other.