The winery Kanonkop is in the 4th generation of family ownership and is currently run by the brothers Paul and Johann Krige.
The name Kanonkop derives from a hill (kop) on the Simonsberg above the winery, from which a cannon (kanon) was fired in the 17th and 18th centuries to announce the arrival of sailing ships in Table Bay. The roar of the cannon was the signal for the local farmers waiting to load their wagons with fresh fruit and vegetables and begin the 50-kilometre journey to the port.
The first wines with the label Kanonkop were produced in 1973. The winery Kanonkop owes the beginning of its international fame in large part to Paul Sauer, who has unfortunately already passed away, and who created the first wines.
Address:R44, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
Max & Moritz Favourite wine:Kanonkop Pinotage 2018
Tasting Room:daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. clock
Winemaker: Abrie Beeslaar
Abrie Beeslaar was born about an hour away from Kanonkop in Worcester. Abrie studied viticulture at the University of Stellenbosch. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1997, he worked at Swartland Winery before joining Kanonkop in 2002. In between, Abrie also helped with three harvests in Germany to gain further international experience. He has been awarded the title of IWSC Winemaker of the Year no less than three times, in 2008, 2015 and 2017. He has also received many other national and international awards and prizes, including Veritas Double Gold and numerous 5-star ratings from the famous John Platter Wine Guide.