Nearly a hundred years ago, Mr JP (Kosie) Marais decided to produce brandy in this mainly wine producing region. He knew that Chenin Blanc and Columbar (grape varieties), that were successfully grown in the Robertson district, was most suited for brandy making. Marais began his distillery in his backyard and developed Klipdrift, the unique South African brandy that has become an icon in South Africa. Today, his award winning formula for brandy, is still adhered to.
From the original Klipdrift Export, three variations have been developed, Klipdrift and Cola, Klipdrift Premium and Klipdrift Gold, all three have won awards at brandy shows.
The Klipdrift distillery is open for visitors. They offer distillery tours that include brandy tasting and food pairing with each of their brandies. Brandy tasting without the distillery tour is also possible. They also have a local restaurant, the “Brandewyntuin” (translated Brandy Garden).
The distillery is open seven days a week, including public holidays with the exception of Christmas, Good Friday and New Years Day.
This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘southbound’ tour version that starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.
Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Transkei , Hole-in-the-Wall , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Cape Town .
This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘northbound’ tour version that starts in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg.
Highlights: Cape Town , Cape Winelands , Stellenbosch , Oudtshoorn , Route 62 , Garden Route , Oudtshoorn ostrich farms , Cango Caves , Knysna , Storm’s River Mouth , Coffee Bay , Wild Coast , Hibiscus Coast , San Lameer , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Swaziland , Kruger National Park , Panorama Route , Johannesburg .
Route 62 connects Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and is an exciting alternative to the National Road (N2). The R62 offers the traveler a constantly changing landscape with vineyards and fruit orchards, interspersed with dry arid areas, always surrounded by mountain ranges of different kind and shape.
The agricultural town of Robertson is situated on the popular Route 62. It lies in the beautiful and fertile Robertson valley, surrounded by the Langeberg Mountain Range. The district is known for wine, fresh and dried fruits and olives which are locally grown and processed.