HISTORY OF THE BERGKELDER
The land was originally purchased by the famous entrepreneur, Dr Anton Rupert and together with Alfred Baumgartner, a legend was born. When it came to building the wine cellar, they decided to follow the concept behind the famous cave cellars in France and Germany. Die Bergkelder, a unique underground wine cellar, was designed to keep wine at a constant ideal temperature, even in the fiercest African heat. The cellar was opened officially in 1968.
After a few years, it became apparent that there was a need for more grapes to produce larger quantities of wine. In order to process these grapes, Die Bergkelder needed its own pressing cellar. Finally, in 1973 a pressing cellar was introduced and partnerships with other top wine estates were established. Through the 1970s and 1980s Die Bergkelder distinguished itself as an important innovator in the wine industry, persuading wine growers to introduce classic, noble varieties in their vineyards. Die Bergkelder also played a pivotal role in the use of small French oak barrels for wine maturation.
TASTING AND TOURS
If you’d like to visit this unique cellar to sample some world-class South African wines or just to tour through Die Bergkelder wine cellar, we’d love to have you! Plan an afternoon excursion with Fleur du Cap and enjoy the beauty of the Stellenbosch Winelands and its innate history with us.
Pop into our wine shop to enjoy sampling our selection of fine Unfiltered wines – or experience our unique daily wine and salt pairings. We’ll impart our knowledge about each variety and guide you through your tasting experience. Enjoy sitting by the cool bar area indoors or relax in the shade under trees in the summer months.
Join us for an interesting tour of this famous “cellar in the mountain” including a wine tasting in the cool alcoves of Die Bergkelder. Enjoy your journey through the tranquil cellar, admire the carved oak barrels and soak up the history of South African winemaking from your knowledgeable guide.
On the outskirts of the historic town of Stellenbosch, on the slopes of the Papegaaiberg lies Die Bergkelder, one of South Africa’s most prestigious wine cellars. Our range was launched in 1968, shortly after the cellar was completed. From the onset, the priority of Die Bergkelder was to create noble, top quality red and white wines under the guidance of manager of wine production,Dr Julius Laszlo.
wine sale times
Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm, Oct – Apr
Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm, May – Sept
Sat: 9am – 4pm, Oct – Apr
Sat: 9am – 2pm, May – Sept
cellar tour times
Mon – Fri: 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm
Sat & Public holidays: 10am, 11am, 12pm
Please be sure to book ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
We are unfortunately closed for tastings and tours on Sundays and religious holidays.
book your visit now
Planning a family outing or romantic occasion? Or maybe you just feel like getting out of town and treating yourself or your colleagues to a unique wine tasting experience? Die Bergkelder wine cellar is the perfect spot.