Klawer Wine Cellar is the gateway to the Olifants River Valley and offers a warm and friendly welcome to visitors. Just outside the town and a stones throw from the N7 route, the impressive facade of the Klawer Cellar dominates.
The cellars aim is to produce top quality wines through the limited production of cultivars such as Chenin Blanc, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinotage. The Klawer wines include a comprehensive variety of dry whites and reds, as well as sparkling wine, semi-sweet, Late Harvest, Special Late Harvest and dessert wines.
KLAWER... lies at the foot of the Matzikama Mountains on the banks of the beautiful wine producing Olifants River vallley. With the majestic Matzikama Mountains in the east and the Olifants River in the west, Klawer offers the visitor a tranquil countryside, emerald green vineyard, magnificent wild flowers in season combined with the well-known hospitality of the West Coast. Klawer is less than three hours drive (approximately) 300km north of Cape Town on the N7 and 60km from the coastal town of Strandfontein. It’s also a central point from where places like Vredendal, Lutzville, Vanrhynsdorp and Clanwilliam can easily be reached. Klawer is also ideally suited as a stopover to or from Namibia.
The town derives its name from the wild clover that grows profusely here, especially after good winter rains. During the flower season in Spring, depending on the preceding winters' rainfall, this arid landscape is transformed into a flower paradise. The settlement developed around the railway station serving the Olifants River Valley.
The irrigation canal siphon at 'Kransbrug' was constructed by Italian prisoners of war and is a unique sight in Klawer. This siphon draws water from the western to the eastern canal of the river and forms an integral part of the irrigation system of the Olifants River Valley. This irrigations' scheme is serviced by an open concrete canal system (280km of main canals and 60km of secondary canals) and originates in the Bulshoek Dam close to Clanwilliam.
The traveler interested in history will find the Windhoek farm, situated 7km outside Klawer en re-route to Vanrhynsdorp, of particular interest. It is here that a skirmish took place between the troops of General Jan Smuts and British troops in 1902. A wonderful legacy of rock art was left by the Khoi and Bushmen at various sites in mountains in the area. Please note that some of the sights can only be visited when escorted with permission from the Bergkraal 4x4 owner, mr. Frikkie van Zyl.
The nearby 'Doring' (thorn) River offers the adventure lover river rafting and exploration of the river banks. The best time of the year to raft on the 'Doring' River is just after the winter rain season (June- August). The river offers the not-so-faint-hearted visitor rapids that vary from grade 2 to grade 4! Excellent 4x4 routes, Bergkraal 4x4, are available as well as hiking trails. Snaking its way past the green vineyards and other agricultural plantations, the Olifants River truly is the vein of the Olifants River Valley. The agricultural activities offer a variety of fruit and vegetables such as grapes, potatoes, watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes and many more. These fruits and vegetables are also exported to the international market.
Klawer Wine Cellars has become a major player in the area, as a leading producer of quality wines within a short space of time. Not only does it produce its own wines, it matures wines for many neighboring wineries as well.
Visitors can also taste and purchase award-winning wines at the Klawer Wine Cellar that is situated alongside the N7. The Klawer Winery produces mainly white, red and dessert wines.