De Krans Wine Cellar. South Africa
De Krans Wine Cellar is situated along the upper reaches of the picturesque Gamka River Valley near Calitzdorp. The history of the farm dates back to 1890, when it was bought by the Nel Family. Since 1985, most of the classic Portuguese Port and wine varieties have been planted. The present owners and cellar master are Boets brothers, who qualified as a Cape Wine Master in 1997, and Stroebel Nel is the viticulturist.
The Cellar has won more than 600 medals and awards since 1980 and was crowned Champion Private Wine Cellar in the Klein Karoo the past 5 years consecutively. De Krans is also known worldwide for its award-winning ports, as well as very interesting red wines from unusal grape varieties, such as Touriga Naçional and Tempranillo. De Krans also produces an impressive range of excellent value wines from classic grape varieties.
De Krans Vintage Reserve port-style wine is widely regards as one of the best Port-Style wines in South Africa. Only traditional Portuguese varieties are used in all De Krans port-style wines. The whole range, namely the Cape White, Cape Pink, Cape Ruby, Cape Tawny, Cape Vintage and Cape Vintage Reserve, are made in the drier classical style. Eight Cape Vintage Reserve wines have now received the sought-after 5-Star in Platter’s Wine Guide, including 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010 vintages. The De Krans Tawny also got a 5-Star rating in the Platter’s 2010 Guide and shined at the 2006 Michelangelo International Wine Competition by winning the Grand Prix Runner-Up Trophy (the 2nd best wine out of 1,316 wines entered).