04 September 2011 by Robyn Campbell

Secret wine cellars in the Free State

Among the close to 7000 tons of grapes that Douglas Cellar in the Northern Cape presses annually, a basket or five hail from, of all places, the Free State…

Perhaps you’ve heard of the small town of Jacobsdal in the far north-western Free State?

In addition to a taxing 9-hole golf course, Jacobsdal has a number of VIP Anglo-Boer war sites to explore. However, if history’s not your thing, listen up, before you scratch this farming community off your list of places to visit.

Jacobsdal is home to both of the Free State’s wine cellars. One of them, Landzicht Wine Cellars, the first wine cellar ever built outside of the Western Cape province, was founded as far back as 1974.

Owned and operated by GWK Limited, today Landzicht has over 600 ha of grapes under irrigation (thanks to the Orange-Riet River Canal, and the PK Le Roux Dam), and presses more than 10 000 tons of grapes on the other side of the Orange River at the Douglas Cellar, in the Northern Cape.

Noble cultivars like Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Shiraz perform surprisingly well in this semi-desert region. If you’re a fan of good-value red Bordeaux blends, and medal-grabbing muscadels, then programme Voortrekker Street, where Landzicht’s cellar are located, into your GPS.

Landzicht welcomes visitors. After your cellar tour and wine tasting, buy a couple of chops or wors (after all you are in the heart of Karoo lamb country) and take advantage of Landzicht’s barbeque facilities.

Alternatively, Jacobsdal’s other wine cellar, Wilreza, has a restaurant that serves pizza and steaks to complement the region’s award-winning wines.

Book in advance to visit:
Landzicht Wine Cellar: +27 (0)53 591 0164
Wilreza Wine Cellar: +27 (0)53 591 0213


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