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Schalkenbosch Estate

Schalkenbosch was established in the mid to late 1700′s when Bernadus De Vaal retired from his position as reader/teacher in Tulbagh. The main house which was built in Cape Dutch style and completed in 1792 has been proclaimed a national monument. The gable, as well as the yellow and stinkwood wall-cupboard in the voorkamer, are both featured in South Africa’s record of architectural heritage.

Schalkenbosch Estate is made up of four neighbouring farms, Schalkenbosch, Edenhof, Sagtevlei and Delta which cover an area of approximately 2500 hectares. The farming operations include, cattle, orchards of apricots and prunes, fields of lavender, wheat and barley and the vineyards on Schalkenbosch itself.

Quality wine is produced in the modern cellar behind the main homestead and is mostly exported to the German and Swedish markets.

  • Mountain Vineyards

    Our vineyards are high up on the slopes of the Witzenberg mountain range overlooking the picturesque Tulbagh valley.

  • Western Cape

    We are situated just outside the historic town of Tulbagh in the Western Cape, South Africa, a drive of just more than an hour from Cape Town.

  • Tulbagh Tourism

    Tulbagh was first discovered by European settlers in 1658. For more info please visit Tulbagh Tourism

  • Visiting Schalkenbosch

    Booking is essential. If you would like to visit please call in advance to schedule a wine tasting.

Biodiversity in wine

In 2006 Schalkenbosch Wine Estate was awarded Championship status by the Biodiversity in Wine Initiative, making us one of the first to achieve this prestigious status, there are only 27 champion estates. The BWI is a pioneering partnership between the South African Wine Industry and the Conservation Sector. The goals are to minimise the further loss of threatened natural habitat, and to contribute to sustainable wine production, through the adoption of biodiversity guidelines as laid down by the South African wine industry.

Nearly 95 % of the country’s wine-growing takes place in the Cape Floral Kingdom (CFK), the richest and also the smallest plant kingdom on the planet.  Recognised both as a global biodiversity hotspot and a World Heritage site, it has come under increasing threat from agriculture, urban development and invasive alien species.

A walk through the vineyards provides a magnificent view of the valley. Sunsets are often spectacular and there is frequently snow on the mountains in winter. There is ample opportunity to watch circling birds of prey such as Jackal and Steppe Buzzards and Black Eagles. A variety of sunbirds and sugar-birds, whose natural habitat is protea and fynbos, are abundant further up the mountain. The farm is home to the endangered geometric tortoise and we ask you to take care when driving to and from the farm as they are often to be seen on the road. Wild life spotted on the farm include a family of bat eared foxes, leopard, rooikat, baboons, mongoose and dassies and various small antelope including grey rhebok.

Mountain Biking

Schalkenbosch hosts stages of National and International mountain bike races, namely the Annual MTN Tulbagh Mountain Bike Race driven by Nissan and the Internationally renowned ABSA Cape Epic, commonly referred to as the “Tour de France” of Mountain biking.

Schalkenbosch is a proud sponsor of the Tulbagh MTB Club, providing cyclists access to exclusive routes on the estate. You can access the Estate by purchasing a permit from the Shell garage in town. Once you have the permit you can ride throughout the marked trails in Tulbagh.

Tulbagh MTB Club has worked hard to give you access to tracks from the local landowners. Please treat their property with respect and do not litter.

You may not ride on Schalkenbosch without a permit.