Our Vineyard

Welcome to Blaauwklippen - Wine Estate in Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch has the perfect climate for the perfect wine

The characteristic appearance of the Blaauwklippen Estate hints at what makes our vineyards so special.

Over the course of centuries, the surrounding granite cliffs have been eroded by sun, wind and rain, producing our most valuable asset: mineral-rich soil. The grey-blue rock and stone of the cliffs are particularly well suited to storing the sun’s warmth, creating the ideal climate for producing exceptional wines.

The people who work here know this, and care for the estate as if it were their own. Some come from families who have been on the farm for generations - they have their roots here and live in tune with nature, approaching their work with passion, commitment and genuine pride. It is this philosophy of care and respect that guides all we do at Blaauwklippen.

Blaauwklippen Vineyards, under the guidance and leadership of MD and Winemaker Rolf Zeitvogel, take a holistic, bio-conscious and bio-sensible approach to farming, trying to stay as close to nature as possible, while implementing modern farming techniques and practices to achieve their goals.

Blaauwklippen has invested in the high density planting of vines and is one of the first wine estates in South Africa to do so. Vines are planted at 5 555 vines per hectare, with the goal of having the vines closer to each other, as more inter-vine competition should result in smaller berries and more concentrated flavours.

Due to this bio-sensible approach to farming, and the fact that the farm borders residential areas, Blaauwklippen invested in new technology when it comes to crop protection, as well as new spraying equipment from Germany which recycles the applicant, saving up to 40% on applicant and up 90% less spraydrift than conventional sprayers. They also reduce their carbon footprint by combining various machines into one tractor action. Summer weed control is done mechanically with an undervine soil cultivator, which takes weed killer out of the equation. This has resulted in Blaauwklippen not applying any insecticide in almost a decade, as all pests, as far as possible, are controlled by natural predators.

All grape skins and stems, garden-, stable- and vineyard biomass are collected and kept on one composting site where it breaks down naturally to be used as compost in the estate gardens. The wet waste generated by the Blaauwklippen Bistro is put through an aerobic odourless process, to be broken down into compost as well.

Blaauwklippen has endeavoured, in a partnership with a German company Soventix, into generating solar power on the Estate. A small solar power plant was installed to study the impact of solar power on the farm and gather information into the peaks of power consumption of the Estate. This power plant is also a showpiece for other possibly interested parties into such an endeavour.

The River Stewardship Project is a partnership between Blaauwklippen and the Stellenbosch Municipality to take ownership of the Blaauwklippen River and restore it back to its former glory. This is currently being done by removing all alien tree and plant species in the river flow and on the river banks, as well as consistently clearing the river of manmade pollution to better the water quality within the river.

With their belief in keeping all things natural, Blaauwklippen conducts alcoholic fermentations using the wild/natural yeast that is found on the wax layer of each grape berry. This biodiverse yeasts population is determined by the terroir and environment in the grape vine around the grape bunch area. Using these wild yeasts leads to slower and more controlled fermentations with more complex flavour profiles.

Blaauwklippen Vineyards live according to the principle that the winemaker merely finishes what nature began. This not only leads to more natural, flavoursome products, but reduces their carbon footprint, to leave a better, cleaner world for future generations.