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Right in the heart of Robertson stands The Home of Klipdrift, producer of one of South Africa’s favourite brandies. Here, you can get an idea of the brandy-making process on tours of the large distillery.
These informative guided excursions include a stop in the maturing rooms laden with oak barrels. Here, the air is permeated with the sweet spicy aroma of the evaporated spirit, known as the “angels share”. Tours take place from Monday to Friday at 10am, midday and 2.30pm and Saturdays at 10am, midday and 2pm and last about an hour. Thereafter visitors can enjoy a brandy-tasting and food-pairing of each of their award-winning range of brandies.
However, you don’t have to do a tour to be a welcome visitor here. There’s a lounge with a big-screen TV in which to relax, the clock bar if you just want a drink, and a restaurant called Die Brandewyntuin serving dishes with a Klipdrift twist, such as the Klipdrift Burger, to fill a grumbling tummy.
They also serve Klipdrift-free meals for children. These facilities are open from 8am to 9pm Mondays to Fridays and from 9am to 4pm on Saturdays. As their logo says, “Maak jouself maar tuis.” (Make yourself at home.) There’s also a novelty shop selling souvenirs, and you can buy their range of brandies here too.