Kanonkop Wine Estate

Kanonkop is a 4th generation family owned estate, known for producing some of the best red wines in South Africa.

About the winery
Kanonkop Estate is recognised as a South African equivalent of a Premier Cru or First Growth. International awards accumulated over more than three decades have gone a long way to substantiate these claims. Kanonkop is situated on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain, between the towns of Stellenbosch and Paarl in the Western Cape. This area has earned a reputation, both at home and abroad, for producing the best red wines in the country. The estate is situated on 125 hectares, of which 100 are planted to vines. Besides the solid foundation on which the estate’s winemaking principles are based, it is also blessed with the ideal soils, terrain and climate, creating perfect conditions for growing quality grapes.

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Stellenbosch, Western Cape

Opening Hours
Monday: 09:00 - 17:00Tuesday: 09:00 - 17:00Wednesday: 09:00 - 17:00Thursday: 09:00 - 17:00Friday: 09:00 - 17:00Saturday: 09:00 - 14:00Sunday: Closed
Cellar door / shop
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Events / Weddings
Children friendly
Disabled access
Stellenbosch, Western Cape
South Africa
Grape varieties
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Pinotage
History & Geography
Kanonkop is a 4th generation family-owned estate which was originally purchased by JW Sauer, a cabinet minister in the parliament of the Union of South Africa. His son, Paul Oliver Sauer, also a cabinet minister, took over the reins from his father and in 1968 he was joined by Springbok rugby great Jan ‘Boland’ Coetzee. Mary Sauer, daughter of Paul Sauer, inherited the estate in 1976. She married Jannie Krige, a rugby administrator at the University of Stellenbosch, who took early retirement and, together with Coetzee, made the first estate-bottled wines in 1973. Beyers Truter joined the estate in 1980 following the departure of Coetzee, and together with Krige’s two sons, Johann and Paul, continued the traditions developed on this highly prized estate. The cellar is currently lead by Abrie Beeslaar, who joined the team in 2002, and took over the reins from Beyers Truter in 2004.
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