Where it all started

ORC was established on 23 December 1965.

In 1966 the Orange River Scheme was put into operations and to this day its irrigation canal is the nutritive source of a flourishing wine region.

1967 – Upington Cellar was built and had its first harvest in 1968 with Jan Neethling as winemaker.

Only three variants of wine namely, ‘droewit’ (dry white), ‘halfsoet’ (semi-sweet) and ‘volsoet’ (full sweet) where made.

The Cellar Expansion

In the early seventies, the cellar expanded with the erection of cellars in Keimoes and Grootdrink.

1976 – Groblershoop and Kakamas Cellars where built and Orange River Cellar celebrated ten years of existence as the largest corporate wine cellars in South Africa.

Awards came rolling in from various wine shows. In 1980, ORC walked away with a total of 22 gold, silver and bronze awards from the South African Wine Champions Show.

In 1982, ORC won 4 of the total 5 championship titles at the Olifantsrivier Wine show in Vrendendal.

1983 – Winemaker Noel Mouton was awarded as KWV’s Champion Winemaker at the Olifantsrivier Wine show.

The Products List Extends

In 1983 the second range of labels was developed, and the range expanded.

New products included dessert wine, muscadel and jerepigo.

In 1990 the First Bag-in-Box and PET packaging joined the range.

With the growing demand for grape juice concentrate, Orange River Cellars established juice cellars in 1996 at Kanoneiland and Grootdrink.

A Record Intake

Upington Cellar got the first batch press in 2003.

In 2004, the intake of the cellars has grown from 5182 tons in 1968 to a record of 184 000 tons.

Originally only three wines were produced, but the product list has grown to over 30 different products.

Time for Growth and Change

In 2009, Orange River Cellars expanded again by buying the concentrate plant from KWV in Upington. The new division, Orange River Concentrate, was established.

In 2010, Orange River Cellars became the wine behind the Bafana Soccer team for World Cup.

In 2011, the changes from Afrikaans to English labels was implemented.

Celebrating the First 50 Years

In 2015, Orange River Cellars celebrated 50 golden years of existence

In 2018, Orange River Cellars has bought the Farmers Pride Raisins facility – which produces 4,000 tonnes of premier quality raisins a year. The new division, Prosperitas Foods, was established.

Later the same year our red muscadel wins a spot on the Top 10 wines of the world at the annual Muscats du Monde, held in France.

In 2021, the firsts steps where taken to reduce carbon footprint by means of a 625kWp solar system that provides energy to the botteling plant.