Quoin Rock has deep, historic roots but fate, passion, energy and vision have transformed the old wine estate. Under the custodianship of the Gaiduk family, 2012 signaled a new era. The family not only invested in the restoration of the 200-ha estate over the following years but in a future where visitors and guests would be captivated by their experience. Architect Julia Gaiduk created a stunning and breathtaking design.
Denis, Julia, patriarch Vitaly Gaiduk and their team have created a word class wine estate with a fine dining restaurant. They produce outstanding award winning wines such as the Namysto range and the Quoin Rock range.
Winemaker Schalk Opperman made the move to Quoin Rock, one of the best wine estates in Stellenbosch, in 2020. Nestled into the foothills of the Simonsberg mountain outside Stellenbosch, Quoin Rock Wine Estate was a natural choice for a winemaker of Opperman’s calibre. Opperman was drawn to Quoin Rock’s wine philosophy, infrastructure, resources and willingness to expand. Opperman’s passion for wine started at school where he first began studying about “the nectar of the Gods”. He went on to obtain 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 and best wine farms. He also went further afield to California’s well-known Sonoma wine region and Bordeaux in France, where he further developed his passion for Bordeaux varieties.
Opperman: “It is well-known that terroir plays a big role in winemaking, and the wines from this area are recognised worldwide, as was once again proved by the recent 96/100 score at the International Wine and Spirits Competition for the 2015 Quoin Rock Red Blend. The team is energetic and dynamic with a great passion and, like me, they want to achieve big things and continue to make this the best wine estate in Stellenbosch.One cannot make good wine from bad grapes.” says Opperman. High-quality grapes from the best vineyards enable the winemaker to create magic in the cellar. “That’s my mission,” he says.