A fire that broke out at the neighboring farm in the early hours of Sunday morning, has resulted in devasting destruction to some of Blaauwklippen Estate’s iconic buildings. The fire spread to the Manor House from the dam side, then to the Jonkershuis and eventually the Cathedral. All three buildings have burnt to the ground.

Six firefighting teams, including Blaauwklippen’s Disaster Management team together with neighbouring farms were on the scene within minutes to attend to the fire, one of five in the area. Battling winds of up to 139km per hour, thankfully there were no injuries although the destruction was devasting.


Stellenbosch’s oldest wine farm, dating back to 1682, the Jonkershuis was built in 1720, the Manor House in 1789 with the latest addition being the popular wedding venue, the Cathedral built in 2018.

A message from their management said. ” It’s a sad day indeed for Blaauwklippen, as heritage landmarks have been destroyed in the terrible blaze, but the sadness is made easier to bear by the gratitude that no lives were lost and we acknowledge the swift evacuation and heroic efforts of our personnel – Stefan, Chrisma and their teams, who ensured that no one was injured.”

For safety reasons, the property will be closed to the public until further notice