Wine Advocate’s Kanonkop Review

22 May

Readers should refer to my 2015 South Africa report for more background information on Kanonkop. As I have said before, whenever discussing South Africa’s long-standing stalwart estates, a lot of young winemakers can be quite dismissive, citing poor winemaking practices and their zeal for high volume/low quality wines that did much to tarnish the image [...]

The Cape Wine Auction

4 Apr

The Cape Wine Auction, an annual auction raising funds for 22 beneficiaries who make a profound impact on education and the lives of children in the Cape Winelands, took place on Saturday, 11 February. A staggering amount of R22.3 million was raised – a record for this auction. The Kanonkop lot including a six-vintage vertical [...]

A Memoir of Selling Wine in Africa – MID 1980’s

4 Apr

In my young days as Marketing Manager for KWV, one of my self-created challenges was to sell wines in Africa. Sanction busting was part of our job description and whilst everyone did not agree with the political direction of Corporate South Africa, our job was to sell wine. And South Africans were not allowed to [...]

Wines: Currently Available

4 Apr

Black Label Pinotage 2015 – This wine was released in November 2016. Great weather conditions ensured another great vintage for the Black Label. Paul Sauer 2013 (2014 to be released 1 July) – Still the same classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. Offering layers of black fruit, perfume and cedar wood creates [...]

2017 Oesverslag

4 Apr

2017 was die derde droeë seisoen in ‘n ry. Alhoewel ons warm dae gehad het, was die nagte deurgans koeler as die langtermyn gemiddelde. Dit was ‘n jaar waar daar onnatuurlik baie peste (slake, kalanders en krompokkels) was wat deurlopend beheer moes word om skade te vermy. Al was dit weer ‘n droëe jaar, was [...]

A Day at Kanonkop Harvesting

4 Apr

Firstly, when the sun comes out at 06h00, you’re grateful you made it through the night and live to see another day. Early mornings are a bit of a haze between trying to wake up, planning the activities of the day and managing the fermenters in the cellar. By 09h00 you start to find your [...]

The Wine Cellar – Top Luxury Red Wines in South Africa

30 Aug

The Wine Cellar, a purveyor of quality wines from around the globe, hosts an annual tasting of the top luxury wines from South Africa. A tasting of the chosen line-up is presented to a panel of 35 tasters in Cape Town and 36 in Johannesburg. Tasters were asked to evaluate 12 wines blind and in [...]

Our People

30 Aug

2 years ago one of our junior supervisors, Jerome Thomas won the Western Cape Farm Worker of the Year award. Last year cellarmaster AbrieBeeslaar won the Trophy for International Winemaker of the Year and 2 weeks ago our Administration Manager, Heidi Kritzinger, came first in the South African Wine Tasting Championships and will be representing [...]


30 Aug

Despite our biggest market being South Africa, our export markets have shown some good growth in the last year, with some new markets also coming on board. Our wines can now be found in Japan, Ukraine and Russia.   Kanonkop will be doing a number of visits in the coming weeks, so if you have [...]

Cellar Extensions

30 Aug

After some serious strategic sessions and scenario planning all within a difficult political, economic and agricultural environment, our true South African blood made us take some bold decisions.   With Kanonkop’s growth in recent years, our production facilities came under pressure which necessitated extending harvesting, tank, barrel and bottle maturation capacities by more than 50%. [...]