Kanonkop – a Lived Family Business from Krige & Sauer
Since the early 20th century, the winery Kanonkop in Stellenbosch has been owned by the Sauer family who started to cultivate high quality grape varieties in the 1930s. Later, the son-in-law Jannie Krige took over the estate and gave it to his sons that run Kanonkop with great success until the present day. Johann Krige as a CEO and Paul Krige as the wine and cellar manager run the estate with a love for wine and a high standard regarding quality. These two encapsulate the practice that the whole process – from cellar technology to bottling all the way to labelling – is done by the winery itself. Nothing is left to chance and gourmets receive their Kanonkop wine as they expect it to be – of the highest quality.
Kanonkop – Excellent South African Wine from Stellenbosch
In South Africa as well as worldwide, Kanonkop red wine enjoys an outstanding reputation mainly due to its high quality. This success is derived from an impeccable business operation and includes regular inspections of the vineyards and continual improvement of the cellar technology. Top quality red wines such as the Paul Sauer, created from classic red grape varieties, the varietal Cabernet Sauvignon and the Pinotage stand for a pure and strong fruit aroma and an intense oak wood note. Particularly the fruity and peppery Pinotage is the South African vine and Kanonkop manages year after year to make the wines from this demanding grape variety even better. Due to controlled fermentation in open oak barrels, a constant high quality is ensured. The winemaker Abrie Beeslaar particularly represents this quality.
Outstanding Location for Premium Wine from South Africa
Kanonkop is located at the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in the unique region Stellenbosch and is situated on special soils such as stony, gravelly granite soils as well as on deeper located sand soil. The ideal soil, the long and warm summer days as well as the fresh sea breeze ensure an optimal ripening and therefore an excellent wine. The ocean winds keep the vines particularly healthy – it is for a reason that the winemakers call the Atlantic breeze the Cape Doctor.