Prior to Bitou Vineyards the property was formerly known as Bitou House Polo.
Bitou House Polo, Plettenberg Bay hosted top-level polo games and international players. The on-site fields were rated as some of the best by many of the international visitors and the facility had the capacity to stable 64 (plus) horses.
In 2008, it was decided that the playing fields would be converted into vineyards and we began work on soil profiling and sampling to determine the ideal rootstock combinations for our unique region and soil types. Early ripening, white-grape varieties were mostly selected – and in the spring of 2009, soil preparations, trellising and planting commenced.
Our first Sauvignon Blanc was harvested in 2012 and sold in bulk before the property was put on the open sale market, which led to the vines being neglected for 2 years. . Fortunately Mr Ron Leacy had admired this property for some time and purchased it in 2014 with the idea of rectifying these neglected vineyards and to establish a wider variety of cultivars to offer more wines through a private cellar and restaurant.
Planning of the cellar within the old stable block commenced in 2018 and ground was broken in late 2019.
In January 2020, all the winery equipment arrived at Bitou, just weeks ahead of our expected harvest period.
- Imported winery equipment arrives in South Africa, just in time for harvesting
- First red - Malbec into oak barrels
First ground is broken to build the cellar and tasting room2019
Cellar and restaurant planning commences2018
- Ron Leacy purchases Bitou Vineyards
- Expansion of the area under vineyards start and we introduce more varietals.
First Bitou Sauvignon Blanc harvested2012
White grapes, in line with extensive research planted2009
Soil testing research conducted to ensure premium wines that will flourish in the unique Bitou weather2008
Playing fields converted to vineyards2008
First polo game was played at Bitou Polo2000