Knorhoek Wine Club

Knorhoek

Knorhoek Wine Estate

Knorhoek lies some 200 – 380 meters above sea level on the gently sloping foothills of the Simonsberg mountain, and is part of the world-renowned Stellenbosch wine region. With its characteristic russet-red oak leaf soils and favourable aspects (warm north-facing slopes for traditional red cultivars and sea breeze-cooled western slopes for slower-maturing whites), Knorhoek is ideally situated for growing fine wines.

The estate today has 105 ha of vineyards, with 85% under state-of-the-art drip irrigation, computerised and regulated according to soil probe data. Over the last 6 years the farm has undergone sweeping changes, with as much as 60 ha being replanted with superior, disease- resistant rootstock. The attractive old wine cellar is constantly being upgraded in order to maintain the high quality of Knorhoek wines.

At Knorhoek, only a selected 15% of the grape production is used for labelled estate wines. The balance is sold to well-known wineries. The result – consistently top quality wines that remain value for money wherever they are enjoyed.

Join the Knorhoek Wine Club & Stand a Chance to WIN!!

Knorhoek Wine Estate has joined Wine Time to offer our wine club members with an easy and convenient way to get hold of our exceptional quality wine at cellar door prices. This new and exciting venture will present Knorhoek wine club members with our award-winning wines along with monthly prizes and giveaways for your benefit.

Wine club members will receive free delivery to any area in South Africa when purchasing a minimum of four cases of Knorhoek Wine.

Wine club members can enter the monthly competition via the Wine Time website and Knorhoek Wine Club page to stand a chance to win one of the great valued prizes. Prizes include overnight accommodation at the Knorhoek Country Guesthouse, mouth-watering meals at Towerbosch Earth Kitchen and delicious wine and fudge pairing experiences at the Knorhoek cellar.

Keep an eye out for the Knorhoek Experience Competition which will include a full weekend getaway package for two valued at R6000.00. Come spoil yourself and a loved one!

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The Heritage of Knorhoek Wine Estate Stellenbosch

As early as 1694 farmers recognised the potential of the fertile foothills of the Simonsberg mountain. By 1793 the legendary Martin Melck had acquired most of this land and it was probably he who changed the name from the original Kleygat (Clay-hole) to Knorhoek, called in a contemporary document ‘de plaats waar de leeuwen knorren’ – the place where lions growl.

This gives one an indication of how wild the environment was at that time. Feline predators scaled the high kraal walls at night and preyed on domestic livestock. The Cape Mountain lion became extinct by the late 1700’s, caracal are occasionally seen on the farm and leopard sightings still occur in the higher reaches of the surrounding mountains – hence the use of the leopard on the Knorhoek Estate wine labels.

Melck’s daughter inherited Knorhoek and her son, Jan Andries Beyers was the first of many generations to farm here. A devastating phylloxera plague forced most farmers in the area to sell, but by an interesting quirk of fate, Knorhoek went back into the family.

In 1887 JGB van Niekerk bought a neighbouring farm and chanced to marry the great-granddaughter of Beyers, the original Knorhoek patriarch. She convinced him to buy back Knorhoek, and now four generations later, the Van Niekerks have created a fine balance between producing excellent wines and conserving a little of the wild spirit of the past. A visit to the family cemetery behind the guesthouse makes for interesting reflection on a colourful past.

 

 

… And Present

Today the Van Niekerk brothers are the 5th generation to own and work this beautiful farm. Following in the footsteps of their father, Hannes, who was awarded the prestigious Smuts Trophy for his wines, they continue the long and honourable family tradition of winemaking.

James is responsible for the viticulture, Hansie for the marketing and Barry the winemaking. Together with their wives Carol and Ingrid, form a vibrant young team, passionate about wines and delighted to share their heritage with visitors and guests.

Situated in peaceful gardens, with a tempting rock pool and rustic outdoor lapa, the 3-star guesthouse spoils guests with traditional Cape hospitality and fine food. Knorhoek is a popular venue for weddings, conferences and other functions.