Brandy is undoubtedly South Africa's favourite spirit, with over 50 South African trademarks found in the market place. Distilled from only the finest grapes and left to be matured in French Oak barrels for at least three years, South African brandies have a reputation for outstanding quality.
Being over 330 years old, the South African brandy industry is rich in tradition and history, all of which can be discovered by visiting any of the cellars on the R62 Brandy Route. The route stretches from Worcester, through Robertson, Barrydale, Calitzdorp to Oudtshoorn.
* Barrydale Cellar
Barrydale Cellars has added a third pot still brandy to its popular and award-winning duo. Made from St Emillion and Colombar, the 10-year-old Joseph Barry Cape Pot Still Brandy took a gold medal and the trophy for the top brandy in the world at the IWSC, a double gold at the World Spirits Award in Austria and another double gold at the Little Karoo Bottled Wine Show.
Tastings and sales:
Saturdays and public holidays 09:00-15:00
Please give us 24 hours' notice if you'd like to visit the brandy distillery.
Tel 028 572 1012
Fax 028 572 1541
GPS: S 33 53' 55.8" E 020 43' 29.9"
Boplaas Family Vineyards in Calitzdorp has an illustrious heritage in the production of fine brandy. Boplaas also became the first cellar to release an estate brandy, after the change in legislation in 1994 allowed this brandy style.
Tastings and sales:
Distillery tours must be arranged in advance.
Tel 044 213 3326
Fax 044 213 3750
GPS: S 33 32' 8.0" E 021 41' 1.9"
Just outside Oudtshoorn, on the road from Calitzdorp, lie the vineyards of Sandkoppies, home of Grundheim Wines. Here six generations of the Grundling family have been farming for over a century.
Tel 044 272 6927
Fax 0866 166 311
GPS: S 33 37' 40.1" E 022 3' 54.6"
* Kango Wine Cellar
Kango is the oldest co-operative in Oudtshoorn and it's passion for brandy is underscored by the numerous accolades it has won, especially its famous Hanepoot Brandy and Kango Premium VO.
Tel 044 272 6065
Fax 044 279 1038
GPS: S 33 36' 50.0" E 022 12' 1.1"
* Mons Ruber
This estate has been making wine since 1850 and estate brandy - distilling it over an open fire in a still that dates back to 1936.
Tel 044 251 6550
Fax 086 566 6550
* Klipdrift Distillery
The Klipdrift Distillery mix informative tastings and tours through the world class distillery with entertaining glimpses into the history of everyone's favourite brandy.
Saturdays & Public Holidays 09:00-16:00
Sundays (October - April) 10:00-15:00
Tel 023 626 3027
Fax 023 626 2395
GPS: S 33 48' 6.45" E 019 52' 9.12"