In October 1679, Simon Van der Stel and his men entered the Hottentots Holland Basin for the first time. After travelling throughout the region, they came across a small valley full of fertile agriculture lands and declared it fit for farming. He named the area Stellenbosch. A year later, the Stellenbosch Colony's numbers had increased such that new farms had to be allocated, and thus the Bottelary region was born. The origins of the Bottelary name can be traced back to the old Dutch word 'Bottelarj' which was the storeroom or cellar that held all the food and bottles aboard the ship during travels. The first vines were planted during the early 1700's and today, the Bottelary region is renowned for producing world class red and white wines. The Kaapzicht Estate farm was acquired by the Steytler family in 1946, when Major David Charles Steytler bought what was then called the Rozendal farm.
With the help of 3 secretaries and some 25 workers, the Steytlers are running their expanding business themselves, and almost every member of the family is involved: George is the viticulturist and handles all the land work and maintenance. Mandy, his wife, hires out a little restaurant with 'braaivleis' facilities on the farm. Mother, Zelda, helps during harvesting season by cooking wholesome meals for everyone. Danie is the winemaker and responsible for the finances. He grew up in Stellenbosch, matriculating at Paul Roos Gymnasium. After National Service he studied for a National Diploma in Agriculture at Pretoria Technikon, and continued further studies in botany and agriculture in Stellenbosch. He also successfully passed the First Certificate Course in Wine Judging in 1991. Following on in the family tradition, Danie took over as the third generation winemaker at Kaapzicht in 1979.
Nature FriendlyWe have registered 3Ha as a Renosterbos Conservancy. All alien plants are being removed to allow the natural fynbos to come into its own.
Organic / Biodynamic
We get audited by IPW (Integrated Production of Wine) for the last 5 years. Only nature soft products are being used in the production of our wines.
Water Conservation policies
We keep our vineyards clean of weeds in summer to minimise water competition with the vines. We only irrigate our vineyards about once or twice a year, during the rest of the year our vines survive on natural rainfall.
Water from the roof is collected in tanks for re use in radiators.
Recycling of dry goods
All used and broken bottles get sent away for recycling. We also send our plastic and carton boxes away for recycling. This is part of the IPW where we get points for a formal recycling plan.
Actions to neutralise carbon footprint
We have 190 ha of which ~ 180 are planted with either vineyards or grassland or gardens or are still natural habitat. In addition we have planted a 1,0 Km long alley of Plain trees along the main farm road. Combined we have a large credit which far exceeds our carbon footprint.
We started a brand new creche at the beginning of August 2008. A qualified teacher cares for 13 children under the age of 6.
Our After-School-Club is a meeting place for controlled school work, games and many kinds of sport activities for 32 youngsters living on our estate.
Both the creche and the After-School-Club are projects supported by 'Pebbles'.
We have been paying all the school fees for the approx. 50 children of our farm workers on the estate for the past 5 years.
We are a member of the Cape Winemakers Guild, where we support a charity which is supporting 9 children from the previously disadvantaged on the farms, at the Boland Agriculture High School.