Dorpshuis was built in the late 1800's as a prestige residence
for an unknown person. Since then it was extended and became the
residence and surgery for the dorp's doctors and eventually the
home to a local school master.
Calitzdorp is also known as The Port-Wine Capital of South Africa
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Come and have a most relaxing stay in Die Dorpshuis. Our beautifully decorated en-suite rooms
are equipped with Satellite TV with coffee/tea. The restaurant is open around the clock
and boasts with mouth-watering traditional home made cooking. You will experience lots of
friendliness and hospitality. As we are the Port Capital of South Africa our guests are
usually treated with a free glass of Port before bedtime.
Directions to Get There : Die Dorpshuis is situated in Van Riebeeck Street opposite the
Church. Calitzdorp is on the well known R62
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In 1821, land was granted to JJ and MC Calitz who named it Buffelsvlei. This name was derived from the local vegetation and animals found here.
In 1853, the land was donated by the Calitz family for a church and school to be built, as Oudtshoorn proved to be too far to travel.
In 1910, the population was 4000 and a larger church and school were needed. Both buildings were completed in 1912 The church has a neo-Byzantine style with a Marseilles roof. It was declared a national monument in 1991.
The Calitzdorp dam was built in 1912, the first of many to be built in South Africa using cement.
Railway line (1924)
(1937) First Cement road between Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn (also a first for South Africa )
The new R62 was built in 1978.
Port Wine Capital of South Africa - Port-grape varieties prefer a hot, dry, climate such as that of Calitzdorp. There are quite a lot of similarities between the climate of Calitzdorp and the Douro valley in Portugal. The poor, well-drained soils of Calitzdorp, where vines struggle to ripen, are very suitable for port - wine production.
These port-wines are produced from internationally recognized varieties such as Tinta Barocca and Touriga Nacional. A blend of these varieties enhances the aroma-intensity, depth and complexity of these port-wines. Last, but by no means least the dedication of the port-makers is pivotal in the production of these prizewinning port-wines, made in the classic tradition of a high alcohol and relatively low sugar content.