Situated against a spectacular backdrop of majestic mountain peaks and vineyards, is a place well-known for its export quality grapes – The Hex River Valley.
The area is also home to the De Doorns Cellar, the cellar with the longest harvest season in the world.
The De Doorns Cellar was established by table grape farmers of the Hex River Valley in 1968. Did you ever wonder what happens to excess grapes? What happens to them? Do they get dumped somewhere to rot?
During the table grape harvest, farmers deliver their excess table grapes on the back of a truck or a tractor and a trailor to the cellar for pressing and for manufacture of spirits.
It is quite amazing to see how they all line up to drop off the grapes. Even the pile of seeds, stems and skins are being recycled and used as fertilisers or compost.
The Cellar mainly supplies in bulk to well-known wine and spirit companies. The cellar also produces a small percentage of selected bottled wines such as dry and semi-sweet wines, Demi-Sec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscadel, sherry snd even a sparkling grape juice.
The De Doorns Wine House is situated next the N1 at the main entrance to De Doorns. Free cellar tours & tastings are available by appointment only.
De Doorns Cellar Contact Details:
Tel: +(27) 23 356 2101
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