CALITZDORP CELLAR HAS BEEN AWARDED
CHAMPION COOPERATIVE WINERY OF THE LITTLE KAROO TWICE
Calitzdorp Cellar has produced a number of award winning white, red and fortified wines since 1928.
The Calitzdorp area is well-known for its fortified wines; primarily Cape Port, and is worth a stop along the world’s longest wine route. We invite you to browse our website and join us for tastings at our cellar.
Jim de Kock
Our winemaker, Jim de Kock grew up in the Montagu region and continued to study at Stellenbosch University as well as the Stellenbosch Business School.
Jim started his winemaking career at Ladismith Cellar, whereafter he moved to Paarl Wine Company. After his time here, he joined the team at Rietrivier Winery, before moving on to Orange River Cellars where he made wine for ten and a half years.
He then decided to take some time out to concentrate on his MBA studies. Despite making this move, he realised that his true passion is with winemaking, and decided to take up the exciting opportunity to make wine at Calitzdorp Cellar in 2019.
Jim’s hobbies include hunting and training for Triathlons.
In the last 13 years, cellar production increased from 2000 tons to 5000 tons.
Our first red wines were made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Shiraz, Pinotage, Tinta Barocca, Touriga Nacional, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc were planted in the early nineties.
The Cellar has been awarded Champion Cooperative Winery of the Little Karoo twice and performs very well at The SA Young Wine Show as well as the Veritas Competition. Our Hanepoot and Cape Port have been classed SA Champions at the SA Young Wine Show and awarded with the prestigious Etchell (Hanepoot) and (Port) trophies.