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                               Welcome to Calais Wine Estate

 

 

                                                                         A LITTLE HISTORY

 

The first grapes were pressed for wine at the Cape on 2 February 1659. The French Huguenot Jean Manje took ownership of the Calais farm in 1692, making Calais one of the oldest farms in the Paarl area.

It was during these early years that Paarl established itself as one of the leading wine producing areas of South Africa. The soil, climate and setting are ideally suited for the making of excellent wine.

In 2006 Calais farm has bought Kleinvallei Winery, a privately owned boutique winery in Daljosafat, Paarl, which is in the heart of the South African wine lands. It is the first boutique winery to be established in the Daljosafat valley and specialises in production of Bordeaux style red wines from two farms: Calais farm and Kleinvallei farm. 

 

 

                                                                             WINEMAKING

 

Our main goal surrounding our winemaking strategy is based on the perfect balance provided for us by nature.

Winemaking is the process that starts from the correct micro- and macro climate in your vineyards, obtaining the correct pH and acidity levels throughout the harvesting season thus creating the perfect maturation conditions.

The 200 ton boutique cellar gives way to the ideal fermentation conditions for us to proceed on our quest for excellence.

 

 

                                                                       FUNCTION VENUE

 

Set in the heart of the Cape Winelands and surrounded by breath-taking Drakenstein Mountains, Calais De Passe provides the perfect setting for your special day. This tranquil location, with its wealth of trees, vineyards and water features, will contribute to the relaxed and peaceful atmosphere essential to enjoy your function. Let us tailor make a package according to your requirements.

Much of the success of your function depends on the atmosphere and surroundings. You will find the very special ambiance of Calais De Passe the ideal environment for your function.

The venue can accommodate up to 60 guests that can dine in the comfort and style of our banqueting hall.

An outdoor function (Cocktail Party, Launch, Braai, Birthday or Year-End function) becomes a grand alfresco affair. Against a backdrop of mountains, the views across the vineyards will lend an air of splendor to the occasion. An outdoor function will enable you to share these superb surroundings with a much larger number of guests, up to 120, using the Terrace and Deck area.

 

 

                                                       SELF CATERING ACCOMMODATION

 

Located in the heart of the Cape Winelands and just 45 minutes from Cape Town, this haven provides a magnificent outdoor experience for families and couples.

Situated only ten minutes from the town of Paarl, you'll find an undiscovered valley in front of the Drakenstein Mountain. The romance of the "Vineyard Lifestyle" on an active wine and olive farm proves the destination of choice for a relaxing getaway. Offering luxury accommodation, Calais Wine Estate consists of two self-catering units situated on Kleinvallei farm. Each unit provides a private location with spectacular views of large dams, vineyards and the untouched valley below ensuring a peaceful stay.

Enjoy serene sunset walks through our vineyards or an early morning jog in the fresh country air along mountain streams and through indigenous flora and fauna. For the more adventurous, game drives, canoeing, mountain biking, and hiking are all available. End your day with an outdoor braai or picnic and savor our award-winning Calais and Kleinvallei wines.


 

Testimonials

" Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality.  Your guest house is beautiful & your history is so interesting. We have to come back because we didn't stay in rooms 1 or 5!! Wishing you continuing success as the hosts with the most. Thank you again. "

Deborah & Anthony, Wales, UK


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