Winery Details

About the Winery

De Krans Wine Cellar is situated along the upper reaches of the picturesque Gamka River Valley in Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo. The rich and long history of the farm dates to 1890, when it was bought by the Nel family. The current cellar was built in 1964 by Chris Nel and his brother Danie. The first Portuguese grape variety in Calitzdorp was planted in 1973 at De Krans by a twist of fate. Chris Nel, father of Boets & Stroebel Nel, intended to plant Shiraz, which turned out to be Tinta Barocca, when the newly planted vineyard started bearing grapes in 1976! Since 1985 other classic Portuguese varieties, such as Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela and Souzão, have been planted. De Krans is widely known as one of the leading producers of port-style wines, as well as one of the most innovative cellars in South Africa. De Krans was the first in South Africa to produce a Touriga Nacional as a dry red wine, made the first Pink Port-style wine, as well as the first Moscato perlé wine in South Africa. De Krans has recently been awarded for its innovation, winning the Most Innovative Wine Award for the De Krans Espresso, as well as for the De Krans MCC at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards.

The cellar has won more than 700 medals and awards (including multiple Veritas and Michelangelo double gold and gold awards) in the past 30 years and was crowned Champion Private Wine Cellar in the Klein Karoo region 6 times in the last 7 years. De Krans is not only known for its award-winning port-style wines, but also for its unique, high-quality red and white wines from Portuguese grape varieties. The 2015 De Krans Tritonia Calitzdorp Red Blend won the Best Non-Bordeaux Red Blend in South Africa at the 2017 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and got a 91-point rating by Tim Atkin MW.

De Krans has a focused range of classic varietal wines, made by using special winemaking techniques, to distinguish this range, namely our Free Run Chenin Blanc, Wild Ferment Chardonnay, Pinotage Dry Rosé and Basket Press Cabernet Sauvignon.

De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve is widely regarded as one of the best port-style wines in South Africa. The 2015 De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve was awarded 96 points by Tim Atkin MW in his 2017 South African report, making it the Best Fortified Wine in South Africa in 2017. Only traditional Portuguese varieties are used in all De Krans port-style wines. The whole range, namely the Original Cape Pink, Premium Cape Ruby, Cape Tawny Limited Release, Cape Vintage and Cape Vintage Reserve are made in the drier, traditional style. Eleven Cape Vintage Reserve wines from De Krans have now received the sought-after 5-star rating in Platter’s Wine Guide.

De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2017

About the wine





Portuguese varietals where planted in Calitzdorp during the late 1970’s with Tinta Barocca being the first to find its way to the Klein Karoo.  Now Calitzdorp is known as South Africa’s Port Capital with these varietals leading the way.  Vines are trellised and micro irrigated.





Selected bunches are handpicked mid to late February from row selected vines in specific blocks at 26o Balling.  Bunches are destemmed, crushed and rapidly cooled in lagar.  Grapes are left to spontaneously start

fermenting after which at the desired sugar the fermentation is stopped by adding alcohol to the must.  Skins are then pressed and the wine is matured in big vats for 20 months.



Winemaker’s comments


Colour:        Dark black colour with plum red rim.


Bouquet:     Very aromatic nose of ripe red berries and cherries, violets and dark chocolate.


Taste:           A big wine full of ripe dark fruit notes, plums, mulberry and black currents. Well-rounded with smooth dark chocolate undertones and firm tannins results in n wine that would mature well over 30 years.



Food pairing


Enjoy on its own or with some well matured cheese


Chemical analysis

Alcohol:    18.91%

pH:            3.88

TA:            5.45

RS:           90.44 g/l

Extract:     122.80 g/l





Robert Parker 92 points

Double Gold Veritas 2015, 2016, 2019

Platinum @ Michelangelo Awards 2018

Platter’s Wine Guide: 5-star rating

(11 years)

Best Port Old Mutual TWS 2015

Champion Port at SANYWS ’12, ’14,’18

CAPPA Top 10 2017, 2018

Top 100 Wines 2016, 2017,19

(Grand Cru – Best in Class)

Tim Atkin 96 SA Report 2017,18

(Overall SA Fortified wine of the Year)



Winemaking process