Our Story

Four generations of
innovative winemaking

est. 1861

Our History of Farming and Winemaking

YEAR ESTABLISHED

Dirk Cloete Morkel purchases Bellevue Estate

MAKING HISTORY

Pieter (PK) Morkel becomes one of the first wine farmers to plant Pinotage at scale at Bellevue

AWARD WINNING

Bellevue’s Pinotage made from the 153 block and bottled by SFW under the Lanzerac label, wins the coveted General Smuts Trophy

KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY

PK’s younger brother, Danie Morkel, takes over from him.

WINES OF CHARACTER

Under Dirkie’s leadership, Bellevue bottles their first vintage for distribution

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“You cannot make good wine with bad grapes. My job and responsibility is to ensure that only the best quality grapes get to the cellar to enable the winemaker to create wines we can be proud of”

Dirkie Morkel

Owner of Bellevue and expert viticulturist

The Bellevue Wine Estate started out as a  livestock farm long before it made history as the center of commercial pinotage cultivation in South Africa. Our characteristic, closely planted bush vines lends itself naturally to sustainable, biodynamic cultivation, while delivering fruit with intense and concentrated flavour.

A trio consisting of owner and winemakers Dirkie Morkel, Wilhelm Kritzinger & Anneke Potgieter incorporate the harvests of these gnarly old vines with innovative production methods to produce award winning wines.

VISIT THE ESTATE

Enjoy an Array of Tasting Experiences

Our restaurant & tasting room is inspired by old world elegance, with modern finishes and comfort. It is very spacious and caters for medium-large tour groups, while cozy corners also make small parties feel at home.