Dirkie Morkel - Owner and Winemaker

Bellevue’s present owner and winemaker, Dirkie Morkel resides in the original Cape Dutch farmhouse, it was declared a national monument in 1992.

Bellevue’s present owner and winemaker, Dirkie Morkel resides in the original Cape Dutch farmhouse, it was declared a national monument in 1992. After expanding the original cellar on the estate in 1943, P.K. Morkel planted the world’s first commercial Pinotage vineyard on Bellevue in 1953. In 1959, P.K Morkel went ahead and won the General Smuts trophy at the South African National Young Wine Show with Pinotage made from this vineyard.

Dirkie Morkel is boldly carrying on this tradition of excellent winemaking, cultivating Pinotage, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Shiraz, Cinsaut, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon and Chenin Blanc.

The original Pinotage, planted as “bush vines” by P.K Morkel, is still in production. Dirkie believes that when vines, and especially Pinotage are trellised, a stringent crop control programme should be followed to prevent overproduction and obtain the highest quality.

In 1998 Bellevue’s cellar was completely renovated to a modern, productive and quality driven cellar. The tasting room, originally the red wine production cellar still boasts some open fermentation tanks which yearly are used for the production of Pinot Noir. This definitely adds to the historical mystique and tradition of wine making at Bellevue!

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