History of Die Bergkelder

Tucked under the slopes of the Papegaaiberg, on the outskirts of the historic old town of Stellenbosch, lies a famous landmark in the winelands. This is Die Bergkelder. Founded in 1967, this famous “cellar in the mountain” was the first of its kind in South Africa and is today home to some of the Cape’s finest wines.

Innovator in the wine industry

Die Bergkelder has distinguished itself by continually setting trends in the wine business. In the 1970s, it played a pivotal role in South African producing world class wines, by persuading grape-growers to introduce the classic noble varieties to their vineyards. Among these varieties are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. In 1979, it took the lead by introducing maturation of quality wine in small casks of new French oak. In 1998, Die Bergkelder launched its unique range of Fleur du Cap unfiltered wines, with the intention of retaining the natural flavours and varietal character of the grapes, with the least amount of human interference.

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