Wards in Stellenbosch

The Stellenbosch wine region is divided into sub-routes which are categorized into 4 quadrants – Northwards, Eastwards, Southwards and Northwards. Each one is defined by their physical location and are loosely grouped by their respective sub-routes.


Papegaaiberg Ward & Plankenburgrivier Area
Soil: Shale with a granitic influence & alluvial sandstone
Rain: 600 – 800mm
Elevation: 76 – 250m

Simonsberg – Stellenbosch Ward
Soil: Decomposed granite
Rain: 600 – 1040mm
Elevation: 101 – 1200m

Banghoek Ward
Soil: Sandstone & granite
Rain: 1000 – 2000mm
Elevation: 250 – 720m

Stellenbosch Cabernet Members from this Region:

Bartinney Private Cellar, Beyerskloof, Delaire Graff Estate, Delheim, Glenelly, Kanonkop, Koelenhof Wine Cellar, Muratie Estate, Neil Ellis Wines, Oldenburg Vineyards, Simonsig, Thelema Mountain Vineyards, Warwick Estate


Jonkershoek Valley Ward
Soil: Core of shale surrounded by granite with pockets of sandstone
Rain: 800 – 2000mm
Elevation: 140 – 954m

Stellenboschberg & Blaauwklippen Valley Area
Soil: Table Mountain sandstone, rocky ridges and granite
Rain: 500 – 2000mm
Elevation: 46 – 1189m

Helderberg, Lourens River Valley & Schaapenberg Area
Soil: Granitic & deep ferric
Rain: 700 – 2000mm
Elevation: 700 – 1080m

Stellenbosch Cabernet Members from this Region:

Alto Wine Estate, Blaauwklippen, Ernie Els Wines, Journey’s End, Kleine Zalze, Peter Falke Wines, Rust en Vrede Estate, Stark-Condé Wines, Stellenbosch Reserve, Stellenzicht, Waterford Estate


Stellenboschberg & Helderberg Basins
Soil: Granite with a seam of sandstone
Rain: 600 – 900mm
Elevation: 20 – 120m

Vlottenburg Ward & Eersterivier Area
Soil: Granite & shale
Rain: 500 – 700mm
Elevation: 0 – 175m

South-western Stellenbosch, Faure & Firgrove Area
Soil: Granite & shale with decomposed sandstone
Rain: 200 – 600mm
Elevation: 0 – 100m

Stellenbosch Cabernet Members from this Region:

Le Riche Wines, Spier


Devon Valley Ward & Stellenbosch Kloof Area
Soil: Granite & shale
Rain: 600 – 800mm
Elevation: 50 – 414m

Bottelary Ward
Soil: Granite & sandstone
Rain: 400 – 700mm
Elevation: 100 – 412m

Polkadraai Hills Ward
Soil: Granite & shale with decomposed granite, gravel & clay
Rain: 500 – 800mm
Elevation: 100 – 286m

Stellenbosch Cabernet Members from this Region:

Hartenberg Estate, Jordan Wine Estate, Kaapzicht Wine Estate, Mooiplaas Wine Estate, Neethlingshof

Map of Stellenbosch Farms

Seen from above, the structure of the sub-route system resembles a series of wedges that radiate outwards with Stellenbosch town as its centre. The routes are bordered by the N1 highway in the north, Hottentots Holland mountains in the east, False Bay in the south, and the Cape metropolitan area.