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Kanonkop Wine Estate, Stellenbosch


Kanonkop Estate is situated on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in the Stellenbosch Region of the Cape and confidently boasts with some of South Africa’s most premium wines.
Kanonkop is a fourth generation family estate, which was originally purchased by JW Sauer, a cabinet member in the parliament of the Union of South Africa. This estate has since then been handed down from father to son for over 40 years and is now in the talented, capable hands of its current owners Paul & Johann Krige.


The name Kanonkop was derived from a kopje (hillock), from which a cannon was fired in the 17th Century to alert farmers in outlying areas that sailing ships plying the waters between Europe and the Far East had entered Table Bay for a stopover at Cape Town.

Kanonkop Estate is situated on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in the Stellenbosch Region of the Cape. It is between Stellenbosch and Paarl on the R44 and falls in a ward called Simonsberg, more commonly known as the “red wine bowl” of South Africa. It has earned a reputation both at home and abroad as the area producing the best wines in the country. The Estate is situated on 125 hectares, of which 100 hectares are planted to vine. Besides the solid foundation on which the estate’s winemaking principles are based, it is also blessed with ideal soils, cool sea breezes and long summer days, creating the perfect climate for growing grapes.

  • Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2017

    Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2017

    Black Label is made from one of the oldest Pinotage vineyards in South Africa, one planted in 1953 on a site that has over the years proved to produce fruit of specific excellence and deemed special enough to be bottled...

  • Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage 2018

    Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage 2018

    Winemaker: Abrie Beeslaar Variety: 100% Pinotage Origin: Stellenbosch Age of Vines: 5-20 years Soil: Decomposed granite and Hutton Yield: 6-7 tons/ha Vinification: Fermentation in open concrete fermenters @ 28C Cap was...

  • Kanonkop Kadette Rose 2019

    Kanonkop Kadette Rose 2019

    A full bodied wine with more onion skin colour rather than red/pink. Typical Pinotage floral aromas with prominent red fruit flavours. Staying with the Kanonkop philosophy this wine is a full bodied food wine. Add a bit of...

  • Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2011 MAGNUM

    Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2011 MAGNUM

    Wine Spectator review (June 2015) Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2011 – 92 points Offers an old-school feel, with mint and bittersweet cocoa notes leading the way for a solid core of steeped plum, black currant and blackberry...

  • Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2016

    Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2016

    "Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2016 Presents Refined Elegance after Hot, Dry Vintage." The highly anticipated release of Kanonkop’s latest vintage of the iconic Paul Sauer, has delivered a red wine of extraordinary elegance,...

  • Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2017

    Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2017

    WINEMAKER: Abrie BeeslaarVARIETALS: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 7% MerlotORIGIN: Simonsberg, StellenboschCLIMATE: A very dry and hot growing season which resulted In lower yieldsAGE OF VINES: 29...



    “If ever you meet a cynic who claims that Pinotage cannot make great wines, then pour them a glass from Kanonkop and they will soon change their mind.”– ROBERT PARKER’S WINE ADVOCATE Kanonkop...

  • Kanonkop Pinotage Magnum 2016

    Kanonkop Pinotage Magnum 2016

    Winemaker NotesCrafted from pioneering Pinotage producer, Kanonkop, this benchmark bottling is a true Cape classic! Enticing, complex and distinctive, it displays juicy layers of dark berries, cassis and plum that intertwine...

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