Farm History

An estate shaped by over three hundred years of passion and commitment

Blaauwklippen’s Origins

Blaauwklippen was founded in 1682 by Gerrit Jansz Visser, but it wasn’t until 1688 that the first vineyards were planted in the fertile soil of the estate. Jump forward to 1899, when famed businessman and politician Cecil John Rhodes became the owner of Blaauwklippen, but only for one day! In 1971 the renowned Stellenbosch Wine Route was founded, with Blaauwklippen as one of the first members. The Route is still going strong today as one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Western Cape.

By 1977 the very first Zinfandel grapes were planted on Blaauwklippen, with the first wines produced three years later. The Blaauwklippen Blending Competition was founded in 1984 and over 30 consecutive years later remains the only wine competition in SA aimed at consumers and not producers.

Blaauwklippen became the first winery outside of the USA to join ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates and Producers) in 2008, for our wonderful array of Zinfandel products. And in 2015 we celebrated 333 years of Blaauwklippen Vineyards; we hope you join us for the next 333!