Love the Klein Karoo? Crazy about Calitzdorp? And you're a fan of those world-class ports and value-for-money red and white wines? Then plan a weekend trip to this hospitable part of the Cape, and indulge in an irresistible event at De Krans cellars on Saturday August 27.
That's the date when the third Orchards in Bloom one-day fest takes place with a varied programme to suit all tastes and ages.
Chef Francois Ferreira will be pairing De Krans wines with biscotti at various times during the day. Early birds can jog or walk on the Vineyard Run from 9am, choosing from a five or 10km trail. There are wine prizes for winners. Walks through the orchards, which will be dressed in their pastel spring best also tempt . Visitors can also help prune the young vines planted by previous guests at the spring festivals.
Chef Retief van der Walt will be cooking up delicious country meals in the De Krans Bistro and Deli from 9am - no reservations, so diners need to get there in good time.
Then, of course, there will be ample time to sip and sample the ranges from De Krans - newly released 2016 wines include chenin blanc, sauvignon blanc and moscato perle. Or if you are in the mood for a port-based cocktail, winemaker Louis van der Riet will be happy to oblige.
Family fun is guaranteed, and boules are offered for whose who wish to show off their prowess. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Helet Viljoen on 044 213 3314.
Cellar news is that De Krans has just launched it maiden Pinotage Rose 2016: Selling at just under R60, this is a fresh, low-alcohol salmon pink wine, offering spring-like flavours of berries and cherries, and a hint of watermelon. Its a dry rose that can be sipped as an ode to spring, or paired with seafood and sushi.
If you, like me, are a firm fan of De Krans Tawny port, perhaps time to broaden our palates with the cellar's Cape Vintage 2013 port wine: Like the Tawny, its rated 4 and half stars in Platter, and easy to understand why. It seduces with aromas of red berries, vanilla and chocolate, leads on to mouthfuls of more berries, plums and dark chocolate flavours - wonderful chilly night counterpart both on its own or with Cape baked puds and a cheese board.
And don't underrate their Cape Ruby, a non-vintage four-star budget-beater with a string of awards to its credit. Packed with fruit and spice, produced from a blend of different Portuguese cultivars and vintages, this is a port to savour in winter and pour over crushed ice in summer.
De Krans is one of the oldest cellars in the Gamka river valley, being established in 1890 by the current owners' great-grandfather.