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.
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.