Welcome to Botha Kelder

Botha Kelder registered as a co-operation in 1948.

One year later, they enjoyed their first harvest despite the cellar not being completed yet. This made for a difficult harvest but Botha Kelder produced a harvest of 3 386 tons that year.

The same determination, passion and sense of momentum that characterised its early years has fuelled Botha Kelder’s growth over the years, creating one of South Africa’s leading cellars today.

Today, Botha Kelder has a capacity of 38 000 tons and produces 30 million litres of wine, a large portion of which is sold to Europe, the UK and other parts of the world under private labels.


The Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards 2017

Congratulations to our Winemakers and their team on the Double Gold and Gold medal achievement at The Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards 2017. A sterling performance!

Botha Kelder’s biggest harvest ever - 42 149 tons!

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who helped achieve this fantastic record. Harvest 2017 ended yesterday and what a beaut it was!


The Sommeliers Selection

Well done to our winners in the category of “Economically Savvy Wine by the Glass - Whites”!

It is with much pride to announce that our Botha Kelder 2014 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay was selected for the 2017 Sommeliers Selection Wine List. The awards took place yesterday at the Hofmeyer Hall in Stellenbosch. The Sommeliers Selection Wine Competition has revolutionized local wine competitions. It is a competition with a difference, as it is judged solely by top South African Sommeliers. Winning wines, referred to as “Listed Wines” will be listed on the sought-after Sommeliers Selection wine list. This wine list will be distributed countrywide to trade and restaurants.



Rainfall

With rainfall at record lows and the possibility of an earlier than expected budbreak, there are feelings of uncertainty around the impact of the current drought and how this will affect the production of wine going forward. Groundwater levels are becoming low and extensive monitoring thereof is underway, but groundwater does not make up for lack of rain. It is predicted that the current status quo will continue and it is therefore imperative that grapegrowers will need to develop contingency plans to draw on extensive resources and information exchanges that will benefit everyone. The amount of water available will determine yields. A water shortage will mean that growers could be looking at greatly reduced yields, come harvest next year. Despite the possibility of lower yields, the water shortage will not necessarily have an impact on the quality of the grapes. July 2017 Dam levels are as follows: Berg River 40%, Brandvlei 20%, Bulshoek 54%, Clanwilliam 27%, Keerom (Nuy) 41%, Misverstand 104%, Steenbras 82%, Stettynkloof 84%, Theewaters-Kloof 21%, Voelvlei 22% Wemmers-Hoek 37%.