The Xhariep region encompasses the tranquil, semi arid hills, valleys and open grassland plains and prairies of the Southern Free State. The mighty Orange River was named by the first Cape Dutch settlers (“Voortrekkers”) and forms the region’s southern boundary.
Early San inhabitants originally called the river, “!Garib” (Great River) – a name aptly chosen for this artery that covers a total distance of some 2 000 km. The Orange River feeds much of the Free State and Northern Cape’s farmlands and most of the industrial developments in the province.
The great Xhariep Dam is one of the main features of the region, which also contains several nature reserves, San rock art sites and Anglo-Boer War battlefields.
The golden theme is repeated in the farmlands and vineyards of the region and in the warm yellow hues of the white wines produced at the Wilreza and Landzicht Wine Cellars.