1965
Orange River Cellars was established on 23 December 1965.
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.
1968
Upington Cellar had its first harvest in 1968 with Jan Neethling as winemaker. Only 3 varieties of wine namely, 'droëwit' (dry white), 'halfsoet' (semi-sweet) and 'volsoet' (full sweet) were made.
1970
In the early seventies the cellar expanded with the erection of cellars at Keimoes and Grootdrink.
1974
Groblershoop & Kakamas Cellars were built.
1976
Orange River Cellars celebrated 10 years of existence.
1983
The second range of labels was developed, and the range expanded.
1990
First Bag-in-Box and PET packaging joined the range.
1996
Orange River Cellars established juice cellars at Kanoneiland and Grootdrink.
2003
Upington Cellar got the first batch press.
2004
The intake of the cellars grew to a record 184 000 tons, from 5 182 tons in 1968.
2009
Orange River Cellars expanded again by buying the concentrate plant from KWV in Upington.
2010
Orange River Cellars became the wine behind the Bafana Soccer team for the World Cup.
2011
The change from Afrikaans to English labels was implemented.
2015
Orange River Cellars celebrated 50 golden years!
2016
The new tasting centre in Upington was built.

Our History

The wine grapes of Orange River Cellars originate from ±580 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 vast thirstland is unmatched by any winegrowing region in the country, and translates into the production of strikingly individualistic varietal and blended wines.