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%. [...]

Vine & Estate Update

30 Aug

For us here at Kanonkop, 2016 has proven to be an ever so exciting year, kicking off with raging wildfires in the Stellenbosch region and also on the Estate, to major expansions to our cellar and infrastructures.   The 2016 harvest held particular anticipation. Variables such as the fires in the week prior to the [...]

Simonsberg Mountain Fire 2016 – The Kanonkop Experience

1 Feb

SIMONSBERG MOUNTAIN FIRE 2016 – THE KANONKOP EXPERIENCE Herewith a short summation of how it all came about, some illustration pics of the fire damage caused to vineyards etc. Tuesday 19 January During the day a fire started in Pniel on the opposite side of Simonsberg. A strong South Easterly wind drove the fire across [...]

2 Double Gold Medals At The Veritas Awards

8 Dec

We have received 2 Double Gold medals at the Veritas Awards – for Pinotage 2009 and Pinotage 2012. Present at the awards function: Abrie Beeslaar, Cornelius Arendse, Jannie Hendriks, Angeleen Hendriks, Elsabe Ferreira (Veritas), Charles Hopkins (Veritas), Alet de Wet.

Neal Martin South African 2015 Ratings

7 Dec

2013 Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 90 Young 2011 Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 89 Young 2013 Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend 83 Early 2014 Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage 85 Early 2015 Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage Rose 87 Mature 2012 Kanonkop Paul Sauer 90 Young 2011 Kanonkop Paul Sauer 92 Young 2013 Kanonkop Pinotage 89 Young

South Africa Delivers World’s Best Winemaker of the Year

4 Dec

South Africa produced the world’s best winemaker of 2015. Abrie Beeslaar, cellarmaster at Kanonkop, South Africa’s renowned wine estate in Stellenbosch, has just been crowned as the International Winemaker of the Year during the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) gala award ceremony in London. Beeslaar also won the title in 2008. The IWSC is [...]

Kanonkop Wine Estate Ups Offering of Black Label Pinotage Due to Increased Demand

4 Dec

The sensational reception its Black Label Pinotage has received since the release of the wine’s first vintage six years ago has led to Kanonkop increasing supply to 5000 bottles of the 2014 vintage. When the first Black Label Pinotage was released in 2009 from the 2006 vintage, only 1 100 bottles were made. But according [...]