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Klein Karoo

Wine-growing region (also Little Karoo) in South Africa, which stretches in an elongated form from the adjoining Breede River Valley region to the west to the coast of the Indian Ocean. The name Karoo is of Hottentot origin and derives from "kurú" (dry), which refers to the hot, dry climate with little rainfall. The region comprises the two districts of Calitzdorp and Langeberg-Garcia, as well as the five independent non-district wards of Montagu, Outeniqua, Tradouw, Tradouw Highlands and Upper Langkloof. The area is famous for its ostrich farms and sheep farming. In this extremely dry area with very little rainfall, viticulture is only possible with artificial irrigation.

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