Located to the north-west of Stellenbosch, Bottelary Hills is roughly bordered by the R304 and M22 roads. The name Bottelary Hills is often misunderstood as being associated with a factory of sorts. In fact, the sub-route gets its name from earlier times when farms in the area supplied fresh produce to early settlements and ships rounding the Cape. The Dutch word bottelarij refers to a pantry or store-room.
The soils of this sub-route are exceptionally fertile, and a series of low hills and undulating plains characterise its geography. Other contributors to wine excellence are the diversity of aspects and resultant climates that have made the area perfect for farming diverse varieties of grapes. The crop has thrived in these parts for centuries, which explains the presence of vineyards registered with the Old Vine Project.
Bottelary Hills also occupies another treasured part of South Africa’s winemaking history – some of the very first plantings of Pinotage were done in this sub-route. The variety was first cultivated in Stellenbosch in 1925 and has since spread around the world. Conservation areas include the Bottelary Hills Renosterveld Conservancy, founded in 1992.
Wineries in the Bottelary Hills sub-route include: