Fruit of the Vine

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Mons Ruber Wine Estate, Oudtshoorn, Karoo, Western Cape.

The mail coach to Beaufort West stopped here to change horses.† A smithy was built on the premises that unfortunately no longer exists.† The tasting room is in a restored 19th century hotel and has been declared a national monument. The reception venue houses an interesting display. Photographs of the Royal Visit to the estate in 1947, when Queen Elizabeth clipped the feathers of an ostrich, grace the walls.† Reproductions of paintings by the royal portrait painter Frank E Beresford are prominently displayed. Several other articles are on display. The Mons Ruber Kitchen is a restored 19th century kitchen. The Mons Ruber Hiking Trail, in the famous red hills, is an easy 1.5-hour trail. The Mons Ruber (Red Hill) estate dominates the countryside. The soil lends itself to the cultivation of grapes.† The high sugar content makes the grapes suitable for sweet wines and the estate is thus famous for its dessert wines. Brandy is still produced in copper potstills that date back to 1850. Wine tasting and sales Monday to Friday from 08h30-17h00 and on Saturdays from 09h00-13h00.†

Turn south at La Roux Station on the N12 south of De Rust, which is on the N12 northeast of Oudtshoorn, which is on the N12 north of George, which is at the intersection of the N2 with the N12. The Mons Ruber tasting room is 200-m on the left. AWMons

Contct:††† ††† ††† Box 1585 Oudtshoorn 6620
+27 (44) 251 6550 telephone
+27 (44) 251 6550 fax

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