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'Karusa' is a Khoi-San word meaning 'land with little water' - describing the semi-arid plateau of the Klein Karoo.

Karusa is a family operated and managed wine and fruit farm.

Karusa is run by family business partners Jacques Conradie (Winemaker/ marketing), Saretha Conradie (PRO), Theo Landman (Estate Manager) and property owner Johann Landman (Business Consultant).

Karusa is situated at the foothills of the majestic Swartberg in the tranquil and scenic Cango Valley in Schoemanshoek, close to Oudtshoorn. The farm is en-route to the world-famous Cango Caves.

The original farm, Vogelsang, was bought in 2004. A total soil and climate research project was undertaken to give a better understanding of the terroir of the farm. We used this information to make decisions on the planting of cultivars and clonal selections best suited to the area as well as streamlining existing orchard management.

Karusa is the first and only Premium Private winery in Oudtshoorn.

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Our vineyards

After intense soil and climate research we identified the best potential site for our vineyards - ranging between 440m and 540m altitude on a direct south-facing hillside with deep well-drained rocky soil.

Vineyard row orientation is north east/south west for minimal sun damage and fruit zone protection. The vineyards were planted with a 1.5m x 2.4m spacing and with a double 3 wire perold trellising system to ensure good light penetration and a healthy balance between vegetative and fruit growth.

Our vineyards are manicured strictly via precise viticultural practices including strict pruning and canopy management, irrigation scheduling and the minimal use of pesticides fungicides and herbicides. We have a fully integrated sustainable organic  approach by way of cover crop management , crop rotation and compost tea production. This ensures positive soil microbe activity.

By way of continuous soil moisture measurement we restrict over irrigation. This helps to curb over vegetation, large berry size and high production. Our average production range between 6-8 tons/ha.

Our focus is on Mediterranean cultivars suited to our climate.This include Shiraz, Viognier, Mourvedre, Grenache Noir as well as Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay and native Pinotage.

Karusa is the first Klein Karoo winery to plant exotic Mediterranean cultivars like Mourvedre and Grenache Noir.

Jacques Conradie
Winemaker

Our winemaker, Jacques Conradie, is a knowledgeable, creative and dynamic winemaker. He finished his studies at Elsenburg Agric College (Dip. Cellar Tech) in 1999.

He made wine for famed producer Graham Beck Wines under the mentorship of Pieter Ferreira acquiring indepth knowledge in the production of Cap Classique (Methode Champenoise) and red wine production. He then moved to organic wine producer Bon Cap and pioneered the making of different wine styles by organic principles.

He was consultant winemaker for renowned South African Port Winehouse Boplaas and made wine in the Rhone Valley in France and Rivesalte in the South of France.

Jacques is a qualified wine judge who makes wine according to an “attention to detail” approach mirrored in the craftmanship of Karusa's wines.

If Jacques is available to do so, he will personally guide you through your tastings and enjoys time spent with visitors to Karusa.

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Theo Landman
Estate Manager


Our Estate Manager, Theo Landman, oversees the daily farming activities and ensures that precise viticultural and horticultural  principles are followed in order to produce fruit of exquisite quality.

Theo graduated at Oakdale Agricultural School and studied at Saasveld Agricultural College where he obtained a degree in Agricultural Management. He gained experience in the most important stone fruit regions in South Africa; namely Prince Albert and Ceres.

Theo manages the intensive way of farming at Karusa with a meticulous eye for perfection, and nothing less. This can easily be seen in the neat, structured and highly effective way he approaches different projects and manages his workforce.

His motto of 'no shortcuts' and 'quality first' can be seen in the quality of fruit delivered to the export market and the quality of grapes delivered to the winery.

 

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