Just off the well-travelled routes in Stellenbosch you find yourself in a meandering valley road that will take you back to gentler times. Here under sprawling oaks and in the shady avenues of giant poplar trees, you’re quite suddenly in deep Knorhoek country. It is peaceful here with little of modern life to intrude. Early family custodians of the land knew of the rich water source here and the potential to produce bountiful and highly sort-after harvests. In modern times, it is the vineyards that have triumphed, soil, climate and creative planting resulting in consistently fine wines. De Knorhoek wines are beautifully made with a deep sense of tradition but at the same time progressive and modern.
Since the neighboring Quoin Rock Wine Estate also manages and owns the Knorhoek Wine Farm, Schalk Opperman is the newly appointed winemaker of the Knorhoek Range. Besides the Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignons, Knorhoek also produces fine Gins.
Opperman’s passion for wine already started at school where he first studied about “the nectar of the gods” and continued afterwards when he obtained a BSc degree in Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Stellenbosch at the end of 2005. His journey into wine took him through some of South Africa’s top producers, as well as California’s well-known Sonoma wine region and Bordeaux in France.
“Craftsmanship in the vineyard and innovation in the cellar lead to wines that truly embody our terroir.”