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Founded on the farm Sternham in 1914 but renamed in 1939 after a former Minister of Agriculture, Mr Piet Grobler, Groblershoop is a farming and administrative centre in the Orange River Valley, east of Upington, and is the gateway to the Green Kalahari.
Charles Newberry in building his historic water turbine in the Orange River on his farm Winstead in 1913 certainly showed determination. The cement used was shipped in barrels from France via Algoa Bay and was transported to the site by donkey cart. On the same farm 7 graves tell the story of battles fought nearby during the 1914 Rebellion.
Development in the region was really kick started by the construction of the Boegoeberg Dam and water channels in 1929.
The Groblershoop region is a major wine producing area. The cellar outside the town is one of 5 of the Oranjerivier Wine Cellars and the first on the Orange River Wine route. Oranjerivier Wine Cellars is the largest co-operative cellars in Africa and the second largest in the world. Groblershoop is currently a main source of export for large table grapes and sultanas.
A modern abattoir processes livestock from surrounding farms, while the local wine cellars boasts an annual intake of over 12 000 tons of grapes!
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