Calitzdorp and Surroundings

Wine Cellars


Boplaas Wine Cellars 044 2133 326
De Krans Wine Cellars 044 2133 314
Calitzdorp Wine Cellars 044 2133 301

 

Scenic Routes and Passes


Seweweekspoort 27km tarred road towards Ladismith, 17km gravel road through outstanding rock formations.
Groenfontein and Kruisrivier 50km circular gravel road passing the Nels River dam and Redstone Hills.
Matjiesvlei 5km on the tarred road towards Ladismithand then 16km gravel road among aloe-clad hills
Amalienstein 27km on the tar road towards Ladismith , a historical mission station and Lutheran Church.
Huisrivier Pass 8km tarred road towards Ladismith with breathtaking views.
Rooiberg Pass 16km gravel road towards Vanwyksdorp – fynbos and succulents.
Swartberg Pass 45km gravel road via Groenfontein/Kruisrivier and 15km tarred road with spectacular views.
Gamkaberg Nature Reserve 37km
Swartberg Nature Reserve 90km

 

Local Produce


Elnatan Fruit Stall on Matjiesvlei / Caltizdorp Road 044 2133859

Historical Buildings


Apart from the imposing Dutch Reformed Church – a national Monument in the New Byzantine style – the general architecture of Calitzdorp shows a strong English influence. Different styles have been adapted to different functions, e.g.the so-called Karoo style was used for “church houses”. Simplified renderings of dominant British styles e.g. Regency, Late Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian, became fashionable for more permanent dwellings. Strolling through the town is an architectural adventure.

In Matjievlei there are a number of preserved houses, which represent Klein Karoo cottage architecture.

Fauna and Flora


Names like Buffelsvlei and GamkaRiver (Khoi for lion) recall the wild animals that once roamed the Calitzdorp district. Today one of the most endangered large mammals, the Cape Mountain Zebra (less than 800) is conserved in the Gamkaberg Nature Reserve. Calitzdorp has the highest concentration of Pale Chanting Goshawk in the Southern Hemisphere. Other birdlife abounds as does a great variety of butterflies.

Flowering shrubs as Wild Pomegranate, “vygies”, lye bush, milkweed and Chinese Lantern occur widely and shelter many other smaller plants in their shade. The Little Karoo stretches from Montagu in the West to Uniondale in the East and is bordered by the Langeberg in the South and the Swartberg in the North. With about 500 species of succulents, it is the second richest area for these interesting plants in the world. Only Namaqualand boasts more diversity. Calitzdorp is right in the middle of the Little Karoo. It is an ideal place to see succulents. many of which are found only here, including the peculiar horse teeth (Haworthia Truncate).

Port grape varieties prefer a hot, dry, climate such as that of Calitzdorp. There are quite a lot of similarities between the climate of Calitzdorp and the Dauro valley in Portugal. The poor, well drained soils of Calitzdorp, where vines struggle to ripen, are very suitable for Port production. These port wines are produced from internationally recognised port grape varieties that enhance the aroma-intensity, depth and complexity of these port wines. The dedication of the port-makers is pivotal in the production of these prize winning ports, made in the classic tradition of a high alcohol and relatively low sugar content.

Calitzdorp is also ideal for the production of high quality olives and olive oil.

 

Farming


Ostriches, olives, fruit (apricots, peaches, plums and grapes), certified seed production, cattle and sheep.

Arts, Crafts and Places to visit


Marinda Combrink Art Gallery 044 2133 602
Blue Door Gallery and Coffee Shop 044 2133 322
Ebenharts handmade pipes and Restaurant 044 2133 569
Dutch Reformed Church (National Monument) 044 2133 311
Museum  044 2133 414 (Usually open in mornings)
St Marks Church  044 2133 945 (2nd smallest in world)
Succulent Garden         044 2133 945
Dutch Reformed Church hall: Appliqué wall-hangings Collect key at information centre

Calitzdorp


Cape Route 62 traverses the dramatic open spaces of the Karoo and the sharp, prolific mountains that devide the arid interior from moist coastal regions. Also called the Inland Route East, this is the road less travelled between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth and was the original link between these two towns before the N2 highway was built in 1959.

Although the route does visit a few major centres, it’s the quaint towns and friendly villages that offer a truly unique South African rural encounter. Now known as the World’s Longest Wine Route, it weaves a tranquil path through wine regions and some of the most spectacular agricultural fields, dotted with an abundance of grapes, deciduous fruit and olives, all set amidst miles of natural expanse.

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