Bellevue Wine Estate in the prestigious Stellenbosch wine growing region in South Africa.

It boasts with an original Cape Dutch homestead built in 1803. After careful restoration in 1993, the house has been declared a National Monument. Together with the historical home, there is also a signal cannon which formed part of the important defence system of the original Cape Colony.

The Winemaker

Wilhelm Morkel

Wilhelm joined the Bellevue team for the 2002 harvest as a temporary cellar assistant to learn more about winemaking, but eventually stayed on as Bellevue’s winemaker! His previous studies in Food Science supplied him with a firm base for this career change. Wilhelm is a very dedicated winemaker and always pays close attention to the smallest detail in the winemaking process. Cellar hygiene plays an important part in his winemaking philosophy; this fact can clearly be noticed in the healthy chemical analyses of our wines.

Apart from winemaking, he also enjoys cooking and food and wine pairing. Wilhelm is a very keen angler and during long weekends or holidays, you will find him somewhere along the South African coast line with a fishing rod in his hands!

The Viticulturist

Dirkie Morkel

Dirkie Morkel is the viticulturist.  Bellevue Wine Estate has been owned by the Morkel family since 1861. The first Morkel to set foot in South Africa, was Philip Morkel from German decent. He arrived in Cape Town en route to the Netherlands from the East while the ship was set out to anchor in Cape Town harbour for some time. During that time, he married a South African woman within 3 months, and after a last voyage he returned to the Cape for good. He became a “Free Burger” (given citizenship) and thus ensured the lineage of Morkels in South Africa.

Dirk Cloete Morkel, a decendant of Philip Morkel purchased Bellevue Wine Estate in 1861 primarily for livestock, and also planted a few vines. It was PK Morkel, grandson of Dirk Morkel who did ground breaking work in terms of establishing vines for wine production and was the pioneer in the conversion of Bellevue to a Wine Estate. The Morkels, especially under the leadership of current Dirkie Morkel, have developed the old farm into a state of the art wine farm with a large production cellar, a large variety of noble cultivars, award winning wines, heritage site and tourist attraction.