De Rust Wine Tasting
Forty kilometres from Oudtshoorn, at the foot of the Swartberg lies the natural beauty of De Rust, a little farm village with a peaceful environment. Like Oudtshoorn, De Rust is known for its Ostrich farming and historical buildings. Its drinking water from a mountain spring puts expensive bottled water to shame, and it lies snuggled in the mouth of Meiringspoort. Everything about De Rust is true, true hospitality, true Karoo environment and true peace and quiet.
DOMEIN DOORNKRAAL – Doornkraal lies at the foot of the Swartberg range in the Klein Karoo, a part of South Africa also known by its original name, Kannaland. Owner, Swepie le Roux is of the opinion that wine must always be a personal choice. People should have an easy, intimate relationship with wine. This philosophy is carried through in the making of the wine and the interesting and sometimes unusual blends that follow.
EXCELSIOR VLAKTEPLAAS – The farm is near De Rust, east of Oudtshoorn, and Danie Schoeman, the wine maker, is the fifth generation on the farm. The past 40 years have seen the cellar compete at numerous wine exhibitions and Excelsior Vlakteplaas has successfully produced gold and silver medals as well as numerous category winners, especially in the Muscadel and Jerepigo categories.
Mons Ruber Winery – How about coming and tasting wine at a farm that has been producing wine since the mid-19th century? Well the Mons Ruber Winery on the way to Oudtshoorn has been doing just that.
Not only will you find Port, Cabernet and sweet wine, but you can enjoy potstill brandy. The estate has a very long history of distillation. The brandy is distilled using traditional methods – i.e. over an open outdoor fire, which dates back to 1936. If you’re lucky enough to visit during the distilling period you might get to observe the process. You’ll enjoy your tasting in a building erected in 1854 that has also been a tollhouse and a hotel! Enjoy a glass of brandy while marvelling over the Oregon pine and Yellowwood ceilings.