Today we travel along the M12 route in the Stellenbosch Valley region along the Polkadraai Hills road, harbouring some of the Capes more illustrious, innovative and historical estates. We have selected a group of our favourite wines from the different wineries to showcase the diversity of the terroir and the awards lauded to them so don’t just take our word. Should you visit Stellenbosch, you will notice it has been divided into 5 main routes and has 6 main roads converging to the towns center, with the M12 being one of them leading back to Cape Town through the suburbs bisecting the N1 and N2 highways.
How it all started was some time ago, a group of self-motivated entrepreneurs of the area sat together and discussed what it was that they all had in common. The most notable straight away was the location on what happened to be excellent terroir. Not only did they share an excellent location but they also had some significant shared values. These values were the top quality of their product/service and a desire for customer service excellence. This ultimately lead to the cooperative promotion of the Polkadraai Hills in order to share the uniqueness of the location with the public.
The terroir itself is characterized by hilly topography and consequently varying elevations, providing sites on elevations from 60 to 400 meters above sea level. Most of the dominate slopes face south and southwest, this ideally exposes the vineyards to the cool breezes of the ocean. Apart from just the different elevations, the layered soils vary from the lighter, sandy soils in lower lying areas to the more granite-based soils on the higher elevations. These various factors contribute to bringing about the base for outstanding quality wines. The living proof of the excellent terroir is the numerous award-winning wines are of the Polkadraai Hills.
The true distinctiveness of this exceptional pocket of terroir had it awarded with an official recognition of the area as an appellation on its own. The Polkadraai Hills was awarded as ward of the district of Stellenbosch. This first wine labels proudly showing the W.O. Polkadraai Hills mark was in the year of 2008 and has been seen ever since.