Fruit Pickings, Wine Tasting and Leisurely Lunches at De Krans

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Apricots in the orchard at De Krans, Calitzdorp.

Summer brings with it many wonderful things. Long lazy days at the pool, sipping ice cold cocktails, leisurely lunches and of course delectably sweet seasonal fruit. Look no further than De Krans Wines in Calitzdorp – the top TripAdvisor’s destination in Calitzdorp – for two of these summer sensations. During the months of November through to February De Krans invites visitors to partake in a farm favourite of picking seasonal fruit.

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Picking apricots in the orchard at De Krans.

From 23 November to 8 December the Bulida apricots will be available to pick at R8.50 per kg. If you prefer peaches best you diarise 14 to 29 December when the Oom Sarel cling peaches will be ready for perfect pickings at R9.00 per kg. Kickstart 2020 with picking your share of super sweet Hanepoot grapes at R9.50 per kg. These grapes are expected to be ready for picking from 1 February to 1 March, but we advise contacting the farm in early January to get exact dates. All dates are weather dependent, and may change slightly at short notice. To ensure you don’t miss out on the fun activity suited to the whole family, it is advisable to contact the farm prior to your planned visit, to confirm the picking dates.

The perfect family outing, De Krans will be open seven days a week from 9am until 4pm for the picking of these fruits, with the exception of Christmas Day.

A day out in the orchards is guaranteed to work up an appetite. The De Krans Deli & Bistro, situated at the farm, is home to a selection of delicious country cuisine and guaranteed to keep hunger at bay. Guests can look forward to hearty, wholesome dishes, ranging from a variety of delicious breakfast options, open deli sandwiches, light lunches, a selection of gourmet burgers and seasonal salads. All the dishes have been paired to be enjoyed with wines from the De Krans range, creating the perfect food and wine pairing. For those with a sweet tooth, be sure to keep an eye out for the delicious desserts on offer.

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Leisurely lunches at De Krans Deli and Bistro.

The deli offers visitors a wide selection of only the finest products sourced in and around Calitzdorp and the Klein Karoo. These include local cheeses, as well as olives, olive oil, canned and dried fruit, and preserves. Other treats include homemade rusks, Calitzdorp honey and other delicious gems from the area.

Visitors can choose to sit indoors or outside in the shade of the trellised Hanepoot vineyard. There is also a playground for young children, two boules courses, as well as a walk-around chess board, making De Krans a wonderful place for the whole family to visit this summer.

De Krans is home to a range of more than 20 superb wines and your visit won’t be complete without sampling some to add to your collection. De Krans wines won big this year at multiple wine shows, including a Trophy for Best Non-Bordeaux Red Blend at the Trophy Wine Show, a Michelangelo Platinum award, 2 Veritas Double Gold medals, a Platter 5-star wine, as well as numerous double gold and gold medals at many other wine shows.  The entire range of De Krans ports and wines can be purchased directly from the cellar during this time. Should you not be able to make the trip to Calitzdorp, the wines are available to order online on, or from many retail outlets nationwide.

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