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The Harvest
Green Kalahari

"In the youth of the year buds about to burst with a story of two destinies, the vine and the winemaker who together blend a wine made of each other, stock of the same soil. Summer, bulging grapes, deep blood red, translucent green...

Autumn, deep russet, leaves lanterns flaming. You’ve done your job, harvest's in, time to sit... sipping his glass, fine on the nose, fine in the mouth, finer in the heart."

It may at first appear a contradiction, but indeed ten percent of South Africa’s vineyards are to be found in the Southern Kalahari. As can be imagined, desert vineyards add a lot to the striking contrasts in the scenery, as they are neatly etched by the river, the stark Karoo like landscapes, red dunes and black sun scorched mountains at Blouputs.

Harvest starts as early as November, and juicy golden bunches of grapes produced here are usually the first on European markets. The region produces fine wines at five cellars. The cellars are especially known for producing excellent sweet wines with pleasant aftertastes. Raisin making is also an important agricultural activity.
All dried sultana grapes in South Africa originate from Upington's South African dried fruit cooperative, which exports the produce in great quantity. Visitors are offered exciting tours of vineyards, cool storage rooms, cellars and the raisin-making plant of the South African dried fruit Cooperative. They are given the opportunity to meet the farmers and their laborers, and during pruning and harvesting season will be entertained by the cheerful songs of the migrant workers.

Wine tasting is available at all cellars, and after the tours, the visitor will be well-informed about desert viniculture, irrigation, harvesting, packaging and exporting, wine-making and the sun-drying of sultana grapes. One of the finest agricultural tours available is the tour of Kanoneiland, the biggest island in the Orange River, presented by an enthusiastic local community.

Green Kalahari
This tour takes the traveler through island vineyards, a grape juice plant, fish farm and pecan nut plantations and culminates in a sizzling barbecue rounded off with fine local wines.
Green Kalahari Under a gigantic camel thorn tree, groups dine on a spit-roasted sheep and delicious home-baked bread and pudding. Date palm tours at the peaceful Pella mission station near Pella, and of the date palm plantation at Kakamas, are given.

Fat, succulent dates are on sale at most delicatessens in the region. The green Kalahari boasts some of the country's finest livestock stud farms, which may be visited. Such farms are the Boesmanland and Spieëlpan Dorper sheep farms near Pofadder. These farms regularly produce South African champion show animals. In addition, a tour to one of the finest dairies in the region is also on offer.
Green Kalahari