Winkelshoek Cellar

Winkelshoek, A farm built on decades of rich history, famous for its fertile soil, picturesque views and award-winning wines.

A century ago on the farm Winkelshoek, about 30km North of Piketberg, the Hanekom family’s colorful history started. Newly married J.C.H (Jan) Hanekom worked as a sojourner on the farm. In 1904 he obtained lease rights and farmed tobacco.

Gradually he began to establish vineyards. The location is hot and grapes achieved high sugars that are ideal for sweeter wine cultivars. In 1918 he sets up a small cellar and buys nine wine barrels at cooper F.S. Smith.

The first winemaker in the family tree is born! H.A.C Hanekom, or as we would call him, Grandpa Hennie, is the youngest of Jan Hanekom’s four sons. In those years the common rule was that the eldest son inherited the farm. He therefore decided to study engineering at the University of Stellenbosch. When his elder brother decided to start his own business and call life as a winemaker and farmer farewell, Grandpa Hennie decided there and then to move back to the farm.

Not only did he make the most delicious dessert wines, he used his engineering history and did pioneer work with electricity (Winkelshoek was the first in the area that had electricity). Winkelshoek is therefore a lasting part of the Hanekom family’s success, winemaker genes and pioneer work, which will never be forgotten, just like Grandpa Hennie’s well-guarded “soetwyn” recipe.

Winkelshoek, A multi-generational Swartland story with plenty of twists in the tale”

Weskus Sauvignon Blanc

This fresh and lively white wine has expressive ripe kiwi, pear and green apple flavours, with a balanced acidity and salty maritime edge.

Weskus Sauvignon Blanc

Drink me with...
Shellfish and especially crayfish, mussels in a white wine sauce.

Did you know?
The name Sauvignon Blanc translated directly means 'wild white'. In the 19th century, Sauvignon Blanc grapes were crossed with Cabernet grapes, to form an equally popular red grape: Cabernet Sauvignon.

Weskus Natural Sweet

This fragrant white wine bursts with tropical pear and litchi flavours, with flowery notes in the background. It is fresh and approachable, with a balanced sweetness.

Weskus Natural Sweet

Drink me with...
Seafood curries like Malay and Thai prawn curry, blue cheese.

Did you know?
Jan van Riebeeck, the first governor of the Cape, planted the first vineyards to make wine for Dutch East India Company sailors. This first Cape wine made in 1659 was a sweet wine, believed to have been made from French Muscadel grapes.

Weskus Chenin Blanc

This refreshing white wine has a lip-smacking acidity that is well balanced by ripe tropical fruit flavours. Perfect to savour cold on a warm day with a view of the ocean and good company.

Weskus Chenin Blanc

Drink me with...
Shellfish and especially crayfish, mussels in a white wine sauce.

Did you know?
The name Sauvignon Blanc translated directly means 'wild white'. In the 19th century, Sauvignon Blanc grapes were crossed with Cabernet grapes, to form an equally popular red grape: Cabernet Sauvignon.

Weskus Rooigety Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

This medium-bodied blend is effortlessly drinkable, with mulberry, raspberry and plum flavours abounding from start to finish. Well-rounded tannins and a fresh minerality complete the happy union.

Weskus Rooigety Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

Drink me with... Tomato-based pasta dishes, beef burger, roast lamb.

Did you know? Red tide is a common sight along the West Coast. It is a type of algal bloom, caused when south-easterly winds bring nutrients from the sea bottom to the surface. The event, known as upwelling, causes a population eruption in plankton. The density of the algal bloom turns the ocean’s surface red to brown.

Weskus Sweet Rosé

This sunset-coloured medium sweet wine has lovely hints of strawberry, Turkish delight and candy floss, backed up by floral notes and a balanced acidity.

Weskus Sweet Rosé

Drink me with... Spicy seafood paella, fruity desserts.

Did you know?
Rosé traditionally gets its attractive pink colour from the fact that the skin is left to sit in contact with the crushed grapes for a while. The longer it sits, the darker the colour will become leaning towards red.

Weskus Pinotage

This medium-bodied red wine is full of vibrant red fruit flavours like strawberries, red currants and cherries. Its silky soft tannins, sweet oak spice and hint of mocha make for excellent drinkability.

Weskus Pinotage

Drink me with...
Seared tuna, potjiekos, hard cheeses and charcuterie.
Did you know?
Pinotage is a cross between the varieties Pinot Noir and Hermitage. Prof. Abraham Izak Perold from Stellenbosch University attempted to combine the best qualities of the robust Hermitage with Pinot noir, a grape that makes great wine but can be difficult to grow.

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