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Die Orange River Cellars, in samewerking met die Upington-Tafelronde 79, het verlede Dinsdag R19000 aan die Oranjehof-tehuis vir bejaardes oorhandig. Read More

Die feesseisoen gaan oor lekker familiekuiers, lekker eet en natuurlik Kersfees. Daar is egter kinders in ons omgewing wat nie deel in die vreugde van Kersfees nie, en daarom het Orange River Cellars die VAATJIES VOL VREUGDE projek in samewerking met Kalahari Mall op Saterdag 30 November gedoen.

Mense kon ‘n geskenk van slegs R25.00 aan ‘n kind koop en dit dan by ons ruil vir ‘n bottel wyn van hul keuse. Ons het die geskenke in 2 halwe vaatjies gesit en het die dag so altesaam 137 geskenke ingesamel. Die tafel en vaatjies is deur werknemers van Orange River Cellars beman.

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NORWECO is the export division of Orange River Cellars.

NORWECO was established to specifically direct and manage the growing export markets for Orange River Cellars.

NORWECO also initiates the wine styles, and takes care of the quality selections, and final blending of the wines. The management team and international marketing and technical advisors have extensive experience in the exporting of quality wines.

Marketing trends, wine styles and consumer and trade requirements are under continual scrutiny, thereby ensuring the delivery of quality wines to provide for all taste and pocket preferences.





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Orange River Cellars het op Mandeladag 67 minute van welwillendheid by Gordonia Hospitaal in Upington spandeer. Martha Augustyn en Jorine van Niekerk van Orange River Cellars se hoofkantoor het mussies aan pasiënte uitgedeel en het sodoende baie vreugde verskaf aan veral die kinderpasiënte.


Board of Directors

Mr. Albert Brink – Chairperson, Mr. Stefan van Zyl, Mr. Arrie Hüsselmann, Mr. Barend Louw, , Mr. Niklaas van Rensburg, Mr. Pieter Smit and Mr. Johnny van Rooyen


Herman Cruywagen

Chief Excecutive Officer

Eduard Mostert

Chief Financial Manager

Koos Visser

General Manager: Marketing

Altus Theron

Chief Production Officer

Auret Nagel

Manager: Human Resources

Chris Venter

Production Manager: Wine

Danie Vollgraaff

Technical Manager: Wine

Steven Von Schlicht

Marketing Manager: Southern Division and Namibia

Henry Soni

Marketing Manager: Northern Division

Henning Burger

Manager: Viticulturist Services

Johan Esterhuizen

Manager: Upington Cellar

Bolla Louw

Manager: Kakamas Cellar

Johan Dippenaar

Manager: Keimoes Cellar

Riaan Liebenberg

Manager: Groblershoop Cellar

Jim de Kock

Manager: Grootdrink Cellar

Tinus Kotze

Manager: Kanoneiland Juice Cellar

Élene Swanepoel

Marketing Assistant: Export Communications

Marlé Strauss

Public Relations Officer: Social Media & Client Communication

Mignon Berrington

Logistics & Export Officer

Wine … the commonly understood term used to describe the final product of the process of fermenting the juice of fresh grapes.

Nowhere is this process better portrayed than in the Northern Cape, the largest of South Africa’s provinces comprising an area of 361 000 sq km. It is here, in the least populated part of the country, where thousands of hectares of vineyards decorate the countryside in immediate proximity to the Orange River for hundreds of kilometers. The Northern Cape is also home to Orange River Cellars which was established in 1965.

Unique Locality

The five wineries comprising Orange River Cellars are situated in the northern parts of the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. This region is also known as the Kalahari, a countryside which is renowned for its breathtaking sunsets, open spaces, and unequalled stars cape nights.

The vineyards are all located in close proximity to the Gariep (Orange) River, and stretch over a distance of more than 350 kilometres, from Kakamas in the west to Keimoes, Upington, Grootdrink and, finally, Groblershoop Wine Cellars in the north-east. The head-office of Orange River Cellars are situated at the Upington Winery.


The average rainfall of this fascinating region varies between 120 and 160 mm per annum, and is restricted to spring and summer, which extend from September to April. The average temperaturs vary betweenextremes, from 3C and even below that at night time, to 18-21C for the days during the winter period. In summer time the average night temperatures vary between 18-22C, whilst the average day temperature is about 37C.

Orange River Cellars were established on 23 December 1965, with Upington Cellars harvesting wine grapes for the first time in 1968. Since the early seventies, the wine production activities have been extended significantly with the addition of cellars at Groblershoop, Grootdrink, Kakamas, and Keimoes. Grape juice production is managed from a seperate, specialised facility at Kanoneiland, and is also done at the wineries of Grootdrink and Kakamas. In the land of contrasts flows the Orange River, which is the life source of this arid landscape. Together with the red Kalahari Desert soil and thundering roar of the Augrabies Falls, the huge variety of succulents give the barren area its natural beauty. Centuries ago Barthlomias Dias spent five days at the mouth of the St Antonio river.orange_river_cellars

In 1779 this river was renamed after the Prince of Orange. But in popular parlance it was known as the Great River. In 1883 a missionary named Schröder began to build the Upington canal to assure the livelihood of his community. In those days the water wheel was driven by the canal water and used to irrigate higher lying grounds. In 1966 the Orange River Scheme was put into operation and to this day this irrigation canal is the nutritive source of a flourishing wine region.

The Orange River and the Kalahari Desert bound Upington, the biggest town in the warm, dry North Western Cape. This is also the main office of the Orange River Cellars, the largest wine cooperative in South Africa and in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as the second largest in the world, according to the amount of tons harvested. In the early 1900’s vineyards were planted in the Lower Orange valley for raisin production.

It was later found that the Sultana grapes could be used for the production of distilling wine. The idea of a wine cellar at Upington was mentioned and investigations into finding alternative ways to process grapes that are not good for making raisins, lead to the establishment of the Orange River Wine Cellars Co-op Ltd. on 23 December 1965. Upington Cellars had its first harvest in 1968 with Jan Neethling as wine maker. In the early seventies the cellar was extended with the erection of cellars at Keimoes, Grootdrink, Groblershoop and Kakamas.


The intake of the cellars has grown from 5182 tons in 1968 to a record of 184 000 tons in 2004. Not much of the original distilling wine scheme survived. The production of good wine goes hand in hand with marketing and here Orange River Cellars had great success with its own products. Originally only three wines were produced, but the product list has grown to over 30 different products. The large number of awards over the last couple of years indicates the quality of these products. To date we have received national and international awards and recognition for our wines, the latest being 5 medals at the 1999 Veritas. With the growing demand for grape juice concentrate, Orange River Cellars established juice cellars at Kanoneiland and Grootdrink and in 1996.

The wine cellar at Kakamas is also currently used for the production of grape juice.

Orange River Cellars

Orange River Cellars offers an extensive range of dry white wine, natural sweet and dry red wine, as well as dessert wines. The available expertise, supported by good planning, continual mutual co-operation and dynamic vineyard and cellar management, is effectively employed to utilize the terroir diversity of this wine producing region and provides for the constant supply of top quality wines.

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The wine grapes of Orange River Cellars originate from 750 expert grape farmers all along the Orange River, also known as the Great Gariep River. These pockets of vineyard land stretch over a distance of more than 300 kilometers between Groblershoop and Blouputs. The terroir (geophysical and micro-climatical) diversity of this unequalled thirstland, translates into the production of cultivar and blended wines of inimitable variation insofar as aroma and taste are concerned.

Orange River Cellars offers an extensive range of dry white wine, natural sweet and dry red wine, as well as dessert wines. The available expertise, supported by good planning, continual mutual co-operation and dynamic vineyard and cellar management, is effectively employed to utilize the terroir diversity of this wine producing region and provides for the constant supply of top quality wines.

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