29 Nov

Kanonkop recently presented 2 recorking clinics for its clients for their Kanonkop wines 2005 and older. Treasures such as Kanonkop Cabernet 1973 and Kanonkop Pinot Noir 1984 (yes!) amongst others were brought along for inspection and recorking if necessary. All bottles presented were first evaluated and if need be, the capsule removed to see if [...]

THE PLATTER’S by Diners Club South African Wine Guide 2018

29 Nov

The Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide 2018 was launched at Cape Town’s The Table Bay Hotel on 3 November 2018. Our Paul Sauer 2014 was chosen as one of the guides’ 5 star wines. At the event it was also announced that Kanonkop Wine Estate is the winery which has been awarded [...]


29 Nov

Abrie Beeslaar, cellar master at Kanonkop Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, has been crowned International Winemaker of the Year for the third time. The award was presented at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) gala ceremony London on 15 November. Beeslaar also won this title in 2008 and 2015. The IWSC is the world’s leading [...]


5 Oct

12 October 2017: Summerhouse @ Summerplace, Sandton City. 22 November 2017: Kanonkop Estate Kanonkop Breathes Fresh Air into Older Wines with Recorking Service In a bid to assist loyal customers to enjoy and keep its premier wines for longer, we at Kanonkop Wine Estate have introduced a recorking service for owners of older vintages. The [...]


5 Oct

Simple! Build a new house or renovate a current one. As a ‘bonus’ you might also find yourself being happily married, facing divorce proceedings. In order to soften the probable loss of conjugal rights, we at Kanonkop in 2015 decided not to renovate some houses, but rather to extend our cellar capacity. The prime reason [...]

Who And What Was Paul Sauer?

4 Jul

With the long awaited release of the Paul Sauer 2014 vintage, we thought it fitting to add a small anecdote about who and what Paul Sauer was. Below follows a short piece written by co-owner, Johann Krige. Paul Oliver Sauer (1891 – 1979) was my and brother Paul’s grandfather from our mother’s side. Besides a [...]

International Markets – The United Kingdom:

4 Jul

Kanonkop has been actively marketing and selling its wine in the UK for about 30 years, and it’s one of our biggest export markets. When travelling abroad, please look out for our wines, you will find our full range of Reds, including the Kadette Pinotage which was recently listed, at the Majestic Wine Warehouse stores [...]

A Second Memoire Of Selling Wines In Central Africa – Mid 1980’s

4 Jul

(This is a follow-up on another memoire in our previous newsletter) Me and my Belgium escort, after obtaining a valid Burundian visa in my South African passport in Kinshasa , whilst being ‘illegally’ in the DRC (then Zaire) booked our flights from Kinshasa to Goma in the eastern side of the DRC with a connecting [...]

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 [...]