This remarkable wine region in the distant Northern Cape is not going to be on many visitors' bucket lists. Not because it's unexciting, but because it is a good 10-12 hours drive from Stellenbosch. This area along the fertile Orange River has always been a big grape-growing region but for ordinary bulk wine and brandy. However the efforts of Bertie Coetzee at Lowerland in particular are raising people's expectations of what Prieska can do. It certainly gets hot and occasionally humid this far north, but this is tempered by about 1km of altitude thanks to the Highveld.