"Go wine tasting at the Kristall Kellerei" Omaruru Things to Do Tip by CatherineReichardt
Omaruru Things to Do: 3 reviews and 3 photos
Of all the things you expect to find in the arid interior of Namibia, a vineyard certainly wasn't top of my list! However, in this, as in so much else, Omaruru surprises, and is home to Namibia's oldest winery!
The key to vine cultivation is, of course reliable water supply, and this is where the water resource in the gravel-filled bed of the Omaruru River has played such a strategic role in the development of this vineyard.
The founder, Helmut Kluge, first planted grapes in 1995 and the first grapes were harvested in 2000. The Kristall Kellerei now produces a range of both red and white wines, totally about 10,000 litres a year and following on from its success, several other wineries have been established in Namibia. Flushed by his success, Kluge has branched out into making sparkling wines and brandy, as well as more potent liquers based on local ingredients such as cactus.
The winery is open to the public, and the owners run guided tours, which can be arranged via the website below. The vineyard has a charming little wine studen (tavern) in a Cape Dutch style building, and also sells light lunches. Since I last visited, they have apparently also built a self-catering unit which can be rented.
As for the vintage? Well, unfortunately I can't pass judgement as I'm allergic to wine ... suffice to say that I was the designated driver for the day!
Directions: Take the D2328 out of Omaruru for 4km: the vineyard is signposted on the left hand side.
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