“De Doorns” translates to “the thorns,” which spoke to the acacia trees which covered the area when the original farmers arrived. The acacia trees didn’t last, quickly replaced with wine and table grapes for export. The harvest season for De Doorns’ wine grapes can be one of the longest seasons in the world. De Doorns also played a vital role in the railway connections of Cape Town to Johannesburg, Kimberly (for diamonds), and much of South Africa.
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