Bottelary Hills Wine Estates

Nestled amidst the idyllic beauty of the Cape Winelands is the Bottelary Hills region, home to a number of acclaimed wine farms as well as to the Bottelary Hills Renosterveld Conservancy. This area (including Stellenbosch) was founded by explorer Simon van der Stel (the first mixed-race Governor of the Cape) in 1679. It was under his leadership that farms in the Bottelary Hills region were allocated.

When they discovered how well suited to vineyards this countryside was, it soon became blanketed with grape vines that produced fruits for the finest wines. Hence, it was at the turn of the 18th century that the wine industry began in Bottelary Hills. Today, it is thriving. Some of the well-known wine farms of the area include Hartenberg, Goede Hoop, Hazendal and Kaapzicht.

Bottelary Hills is a mere 40 kilometres from the heart of Cape Town, which continues to be one of the world’s top tourist destinations. There is an endless variety of things to do and see in this major city centre, which balances well with the picturesque tranquillity of Bottelary Hills and the Stellenbosch area. The Bottelary Hills Wine Centre showcases the Bottelary Hills Wine Route (which is part of the larger Stellenbosch Wine Route).

World-class wines are on offer for tastings and purchasing. There is an information centre as well as a facility to enjoy wines by the glass, instead of having to purchase an entire bottle. This is an important resource for the local wine producers as they are able to expose their unique and renowned flavours to the world. Regular events (such as summertime wine tasting evenings) are held at this centre. The Bottelary Hills Wine Centre (part of the newly developed Devon Place) is on the corner of the R304 and M23.

For more information about this wine route see Stellenbosch Wine Routes (including Bottelary Hills) or view the individual wine estates of this region below.

131 Wine Estates in Bottelary Hills

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Stellenbosch Wine Tours & Tasting

Taste Reserve Wines at Waterford Estate

Vintage wines are rare in availability and even more rarely available by glass. The rarest opportunity of tasting a selection of vintage wines is available by appointment at the picturesque Waterford Estate where ...

Stellenbosch Wine Tours & Tasting

Middelvlei Wine Estate

On the outskirts of Stellenbosch, one of South Africa's most picturesque towns and hub of the Cape's wine industry, a winding cobblestone driveway leads the visitor to Middelvlei Wine Estate. This beautiful estate ...

Franschhoek Wine Tours & Tasting / Fine Dining

Backsberg Estate Cellars

Set in the garden on the sprawling grounds of the Backsberg Wine Estate, Backsberg restaurant is an alfresco experience during summer - moved indoors next to roaring fire in winter. An a la carte menu features laid ...

Stellenbosch Wine Tours & Tasting

Wine Tasting at Saxenburg Winery

Come and discover wines which been created by Nature and crafted by our Cellar Master, Nico Van der Merwe to produce that special quality that can be tasted in each of our award winning wines. Saxenburg wines are ...

Klapmuts Wine Tours & Tasting

Anura Vineyards

At the base of the Simonsberg Mountains, you’ll find the Anura Estate which has been owned and run by the Bouma family since 1989. What began as two blocks of vineyards, multiplied into 150 hectares of vines which ...

Stellenbosch Wine Tours & Tasting

Bellevue Wine Estate

The farm was first acquired by Christoffel Groenewald in 1701, but its name was only changed in 1851 to Bellevue. The Morkel family have owned it for generations since 1861 and this is evident in their wines. In ...

Stellenbosch Wine Tours & Tasting

Beyerskloof Wine Farm

This farm was originally named Nooitgedacht and when Beyers Truter bought the farm, he became the sixth generation of Beyers to farm this land. Beyer’s Truter love of wine begun rarely early in high school where ...

Stellenbosch Sports & Leisure / Wine Tours & Tasting

Wine Tasting at Devonvale Estate

If you’re a lover of golf and wine, I can’t imagine why you’d venture any further than Devonvale Golf and Wine Estate in Bottelary Valley. After a round of golf, you’ll find a spot just for you at the restaurant to ...

Kuils River Wine Tours & Tasting

Dormershire Wine Estate

This boutique wine estate is said to have been named after the previous owner’s wife and daughters. He shortened the names Doris, Merle and Shirley and formed an anagram. When current owners Paul and Sunette ...

Kuils River Wine Tours & Tasting

Fort Simon Wine Estate

This estate in the slopes of the Bottelary Hills has 61 hectares under vineyards, experiences much-needed sea breezes and is quite something to behold. You will feel transported back in time as you first spot a ...

Stellenbosch Wine Tours & Tasting

Koelenhof Winery

Koelenhof Winery started as a family run estate in 1941 in north Stellenbosch and first begun bottling wine in 1974. They were the first winery to produce white wine from red grapes, called Cinsaut Blanc and also ...

Stellenbosch Wine Tours & Tasting

Koopmanskloof Winery

Koopmanskloof is yet another wine estate which proves that age old wine traditions and hard work of a family makes for fine wines. Its legacy of wine can be traced to 1777. The Smit family have owned it since 1895 ...

Stellenbosch Wine Tours & Tasting

Louiesenhof Wines

Stefan Smit’s great grandfather bought Louisenhof which formed part of Koopmanskloof in 1896. Wheat, cattle and grapes were farmed and brandy was distilled since 1860. When Stefan’s father started farming there in ...

Stellenbosch Wine Tours & Tasting

M’Hudi Wines

M’hudi comes from the Setswana word, ‘Mohudi’ which means ‘harvester’. A great African story tells the tale of a heroine, M’hudi who ran away from her war torn to begin again. It speaks of courage and boldly ...

Stellenbosch Wine Tours & Tasting

Goede Hoop Wine Estate

If you find yourself in the Bottelary Hills, pop into the beautiful Goede Hoop wine farm for a tasting. Just off the old road between Kuils River and Stellenbosch and down in the valley of Botterlary Kloof is where ...

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