Family-owned winery since 1861 – Bellevue Wine Estate
Bellevue Wine Estate is present in the valuable wine-growing region of Stellenbosch in South Africa. The Morkel family owns the winery since 1861. Philip Morkel, of German descent, came to South Africa while en route to the Netherlands. In that time, he married a South African woman and was given citizenship in South Africa. His descendant, Dirk Cloete Morkel, bought the estate in 1861 for livestock. Philip’s grandson, PK Morkel, is responsible for planting vines and converting the estate to a proper Wine Estate. Now, the winery is run by Dirkie Morkel, who developed the old estate into a state-of-the-art wine producing cellar with all the modern machinery and resources.
They have some of the oldest vineyards in South Africa and use eco-friendly techniques to protect their vines and the natural environment.
After restoration in 1993, the winery house got declared as a National Monument./h3>
The winery houses an original Cape Dutch homestead. It was built in 1803, and after restoration in 1993, the building got declared as a National Monument. Dirk Morkel also got a discarded Brackenfell cannon, and the original signal cannon rests in the estate for almost 150 years. Their vineyards are present in different locations and spread over nearly 152 hectares, and it helps them to find the best pockets of land. They have some of the oldest vineyards in South Africa and use eco-friendly techniques to protect their vines and the natural environment.
Some of the main grown grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsaut, Chenin Blanc, Malbec, Merlot, Shiraz.
The main grapes that grow here are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsaut, Chenin Blanc, Malbec, Merlot, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Petit Verdot. The yield is low and of very high quality. The best grapes go into the production of their world-class red, white, and sparkling wines.