Our grapes are sourced from vineyards owned and maintained by 15 independent producers located around the world-famous wine region of Stellenbosch. It lies at the foot of the Cape Fold Mountain range, which not only provides soils favourable to viticulture, but also ideal micro-climates.
This diversity of rich agricultural soils paired with the moderate, Mediterranean-style climate, creates the best conditions for top-quality grapes and award-winning wines.
The Stellenbosch Hills cellar processes some 8 000 tons of grapes per year. This comprises a wide variety of cultivars, including Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Shiraz. Other cultivars include Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Viognier, Semillon, and Chardonnay.
Stellenbosch Hills is a proud South African winery established over 70 years ago. Its story, however, begins much earlier.
The first farms in Vlottenburg were allocated in 1707 by the then Governor of the Cape of Good Hope, Simon van der Stel. Those properties went to two farmers, Gerrit Hanseret and Pierre Rochefort. It is widely accepted that the first farming activities, which included grape growing, started in 1707 in the area now home to Stellenbosch Hills.
The winery received its current name in 2003, reflecting the broadened region, beyond Vlottenburg, from which its grapes were selected. Among them are some of Stellenbosch’s most exclusive, world-renowned vineyards.
Today, Stellenbosch Hills embraces this heritage as part of its mission to create accessible, quality wines that are enjoyed around the world.
“When I was young, I wanted to make big, bold wines with structure that could last 20 years, but with experience, you come to appreciate the pursuit of perfect balance.”
In some ways, Charl’s appointment as winemaker at Stellenbosch Hills brought him full circle. The path that led him into the industry began with one memorable wine-tasting trip around Stellenbosch with friends in his matric year, he says.
Today, he heads up the making of Stellenbosch Hills’ four main wine ranges having gained broad experience at wineries geared toward quality. He started his career at Perdeberg Winery, which was followed by a brief stint at Simonsig Estate. He then moved to uniWines’ Groot Eiland cellar as red winemaker. He was later employed, with the same title, at Nuy Winery.
Prior to being appointed at Stellenbosch Hills, he was senior winemaker at the 16 500-ton Waboomsrivier Winery in the Breede River Valley.
In terms of his approach to winemaking, Charl says this has matured as his understanding of subtlety and balance has expanded. This is the wisdom he hopes to show through his wines.
“My philosophy is, if you exceed on quality at a reasonable price, you’ll earn your consumer’s unfailing loyalty and trust.”
PG Slabbert has been the Cellar Master at Stellenbosch Hills since 2003. He was raised on the family farm in Northern Cape, so it was only natural he’d follow a career in agriculture.
It was however the vineyards of Stellenbosch that captured his imagination and saw him embark on a winemaking degree at Stellenbosch University. His career began at KWV and in 1997 he joined Stellenbosch Hills (then Vlottenburg) – the winery that has become his home.
It is here that he brings his deep and intimate knowledge of the vineyards and close relationships with the farmers to bear, overseeing a talented team in pursuit of unique wines of outstanding character.