When Beyers Truter first started making Pinotage in 1981, he probably had no idea that his name would become synonymous with the excellent production of this robust local varietal. Despite the many trials and tribulations the grape experienced during it’s first few years, he had faith. He kept experimenting with the varietal, determined to showcase its best side and was finally rewarded in 1987 when he was awarded the Diner’s Club Winemaker of the Year. He celebrated the same feat in 1991 when he was awarded the coveted title of International Winemaker of the Year. This event inspired other winemakers to start planting Pinotage on a large scale. Today he is known as the King of Pinotage and is often credited for putting the cultivar on the world map.
After his days as winemaker at Kanonkop Estate, another top producer of South African Pinotage, he formed a partnership with four ardent wine lovers in Johannesburg with one ideal in mind: to produce a wine of exceptional character.
After exploring the Cape Winelands for a suitable location they found a perfectly situated farm in the Koelenhof area in the Stellenbosch Wine Region. It just so happens that the farm’s original name was Nooitgedacht, which belonged to a family named Beyers for five generations prior. Jan Andries Beyer sold the farm in 1895 and is a direct ancestor of Beyers Truter! This would make Beyers Truter the 6th generation to farm the land. Along with his associates from Johannesburg, he bought the piece of land, which could only have one name: BEYERSKLOOF.
The farm has naturally come a long way since then and is celebrating their 30th birthday this year! A proven reputation for making world-class Pinotage has made them a South African household name. They have expanded their portfolio to have something for every taste; from the new wine lover who finds their first favourite in the Beyerskloof Pinotage, to the discerning aficionado waiting at the edge of their seat for the new vintage release of the Diesel Pinotage.
No matter where you are in your wine journey, you can celebrate 30 years of excellence with them! Purchase R650 worth of Beyerskloof wine to be entered in the lucky draw to win a bottle each of the Beyerskloof Faith Cape Blend 2014 & Diesel Pinotage 2014. Both signed by winemaker, Anri Truter, as well as a lunch, tasting and private tour of the farm for 4 people on Beyerskloof Wine Estate! Competition ends Sunday, 11 November at midnight.