Orange River Cellars.

Blok F, on the farm Kayalani, spans 1.51 ha, and was founded in 1985 on red loam soil that drains easily. Colombard on Richter 99 rootstock was planted with a 3.35m row width and a 2m plant width. A roof truss trellising system was chosen as it provides enough foliage for ample production yields, and shade to protect grapes from the harsh Northern Cape sun. Vetch hay is used as a cover crop to protect soil moisture and to produce Nitrogen. Flood irrigation is still used to this day. Of the original 3300 vines, only 2896 remain. Grapes are hand harvested.

This very special wine will be launched in 2019.



The Winemaker

Ferdinand Laubscher

Ferdinand Laubscher graduated from Stellenbosch University in 2005. He started as the assistant winemaker at the Groblershoop cellar of Orange River Cellars the next year. After 4 successful harvests he was transferred to Upington cellar where he worked for the next 4 years. In 2015 Ferdinand joined the team at Bonnivale wines, but returned to Orange River Cellars in 2017 as the Senior Winemaker at Grootdrink cellar. Ferdinand enjoys the close knit community, as well as the unique challenges of making wine, in the area named Grootdrink.

The Viticulturist

Japie van Wyk

Mr. Japie van Wyk took over the responsibilities of the family farm, after the passing of his father in 1959 in the Grootdrink area of the Northern Cape. He started producing wine grapes with the formation of Orange River Cellars in 1965. Mr. Japie Van Wyk also served on the board of directors at KWV until 1986, after which he was sworn in as Minister of Water affairs for the Republic of South Africa. Mr. Japie van Wyk is currently still producing excellent quality wine grapes and raisins at the young age of 83.