Stanford - Raka Wines on Kleinrivier

Stanford - Raka Wines on Kleinrivier

Raka Wines are near Stanford, about 40km from Hermanus. Raka Wines is a family business whose history is a tale of the sea woven into the fabric of the farm Remhoogte.

The Dreyer Family bought the farm, Remhoogte in 1982. During 1999 they planted 10 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz. Since then a few hectares have been added every year, now 68 hectares include Pinotage, Sangiovese, Viognier, Mourvedre, Petit Verdot and also larger plantings of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc, making the farm self-sufficient in varieties needed for their artistic blending.

The farm is in a glen in the Kleinrivier Mountains, where the Klein River flows through the vineyards that are planted on both banks. The Kleinrivier Mountains is the southernmost mountain range in Africa and its slopes provide a variety of aspects and soil types. The farm's proximity to the sea ensures cooling breezes from Walker Bay in the afternoon while the South Easter blowing in from Agulhas on the Indian Ocean reduces the summer heat. The newly demarcated Klein River wine of origin ward is adjacent to the Walker Bay district and is cooler than the traditional wine growing areas of the Cape.

Raka was the name of owner Piet Dreyer's black painted squid boat which comes from an Afrikaans poem by N.P. van Wyk Louw, about an African tribe being threatened by Raka, half man half beast and as black as the night. The Raka by-line "born of the sea, guided by the stars, blessed by the earth" is more than apt.

Raka Wines have a wide and interesting range including

 Biography Shiraz • Petit Verdot •Malbec   --  Figurehead - a Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Pinotage. -- Quinary - (meaning consisting out of five) Bordeaux style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. -- Barrel Select Merlot - Single variety Merlot blended from a selection of the best barrels of the vintage. -- Mid-range:

  • Pinotage
  • Sagiovese
  • Sauvignon Blanc

The Raka Tasting Room is open from 09:00 to 16:30 Monday to Friday and in December and January also on a Saturday from 10:00 to 15:00.

Please phone ahead when out of season to ensure they will be ready for your visit


Raka is in the Kleinrivier Valley 17km out of Stanford and approximately one and a half hours from central Cape Town.

From Cape Town Via Caledon:

From Cape Town take the N2 to Caledon. Take the Caledon-Bredasdorp road (R316) towards Bredasdorp. After 29km turn right onto the R326 towards Stanford. At 6km from the intersection, Raka is on your left.

From Cape Town via Hermanus

Go through Hermanus and follow the R43 to Stanford/Gansbaai. At Stanford turn left onto the R326 towards Riviersonderend. About 17km from Stanford you will see , Raka Wines on your right.

Raka Wine Contact Details

t:  028 341-0676  f: 028 341-0676  e: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

© bruce m andrew

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