Stellenzicht Wines: Pursuing Excellence Through Sustainability & Regenerative Farming


Stellenzicht Wines nestled on the slopes of the Helderberg mountain just outside of Stellenbosch is fully committed to sustainability in everything they do. The property came under new, private ownership in 2017. From the onset the young and dynamic team lead by winemaker, L’Ré Hughes, and viticulturist, Nico Nortje, wanted to protect the natural resources on the property through regenerative farming practices. If you’re planning a visit to the Western Cape, be sure to add this to your to-do list!

Regenerative Farming Of Vineyards

With a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Cinsault and Chardonnay, the team set out on an aggressive replanting strategy. For the past five years Stellenzicht has been replanting vineyards and re-establishing natural eco corridors as part of their efforts to keep nature in balance on the property.

As the soils were being prepared to be replanted, the team picked up some strange looking rocks that turned out to be Acheulean hand-axes.

Acheulean is a period within the Stone age where humans not only used sharp objects, but started crafting their own tools.

This discovery of the hand-axes was made even more significant with a property title deed dating back to the 1800s. Where it stated that the property was “…not good for crop, only cattle. Too many rocks.

It was the moment the team realized that the soil and terroir they were standing is the true history and heritage of the property.

Stellenzicht’s Wine Pod

Stellenzicht opened their new brand home – an eco Wine Pod – in December 2021. This Eco-pod is an extension of the brand’s philosophy towards balance and sustainability. The building is 80% recyclable. And it’s perched on crow’s feet with no concrete foundations allowing nature to continue co-existing alongside the building.

The Wine Pod offers wine tastings, wine sales and a selection of wood-fired pizzas or cheese and charcuterie platters. Sitting under the trees and surrounded by natural fynbos, this is your perfect summer outing.

Stellenzicht’s continuous effort and drive toward balance and excellence is embodied in the brand’s logo. Consisting of a dragonfly intertwined with the SZ of Stellenzicht.

Dragonflies are a great bioindicator of health in an ecosystem. The team notes that the logo is their constant reminder of where they are heading. Creating balanced wines from nature in balance. A consistent pursuit of balance.

For More Information

Visit the Stellenzicht Wine website at Would love to sample their wines in Johannesburg? Click here for view their wine locator.

You can also contact the Wine Pod by calling 021 569 0362 or emailing The Wine Pod’s operating times are as follows:

  • Monday & Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday to Friday: 10:00 – 18:00
  • Saturday & Sunday: 09:00 – 17:00

Office & Trade Enquiries: Call 021 880 1103 or email

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