A winemaking legacy from a town steeped in history. 

The Gouws family’s winemaking heritage stretches all the way back to 1694, when they first set foot on South African soil as part of the French Huguenots. Many generations later, this Stellenbosch family has become synonymous with producing some of the finest wines found in the celebrated Cape Winelands.

Driven by a profound passion for wine, family and tradition, Ernst Gouws & Co’s modern-style wines are known for their rich varietal character and intense concentration of fruit. Our infinite passion for these three pillars, and the ties that bind them together, is also expressed in our circular label.

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Since Ernst subscribes to the French philosophy that the quality of the grape is inextricably linked to the terroir, he handpicks his grapes where they naturally grow at their very best.  Stellenbosch is famous for producing fruit-filled, easy-drinking white and rosé wines, and the proudly South African varietal Pinotage, which was developed in the region almost a century ago, is perfectly adapted to the valley.  We have immense respect for our partners, whose passion for producing quality grapes allows us to achieve our goal of creating and marketing exceptional wines that bear the seal of Ernst Gouws' approval.

Our Wines

 
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CHENIN BLANC

Winemaker's Notes: 

Zippy, zesty all-day sipper.  Gloriously upfront and out-there mouthful of fresh, crisp grapefruits and limes with hints of litchi and guava.  

Chef's Notes:

A wonderful balance of fruit and acidity with an unexpected but very pleasing richness in the middle make this a perfect food wine partner with any fish dish or fresh summer salad.

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SAUVIGNON BLANC

Winemaker's Notes:

A burst of tropical flavour.  Delicately-aromatic with floral overtones and perfume hints, this crisp and dry wine explodes into a tropical fruit burst in the mouth with guavas, mangoes and pineapple flavours  all taking centre stage. 

Chef's Notes:

A lively fresh acidity and a quirky sherbet-lemon finish round off a crowd-pleasing wine which is great fun to drink on its   own or with a summer salad.

 
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CHARDONNAY

Winemaker's Notes: 

Peaches and cream in a glass.  A lightly-wooded Chardonnay made in a versatile and food-friendly style, this wine is elegant yet rich with delicate tones of stone-fruit, orange peel and fresh almonds.

Chef's Notes: 

Hints of vanilla spice and toffee blend well with refreshing acidity and the just-dry finish makes this a great partner for a classic Cape Malay curry or a creamy Chicken Korma.

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CABERNET FRANC ROSÉ

Winemaker's Notes:

Made from 100% Cabernet Franc juice, this unique Rosé displays flavours of ripe strawberries, cassis and candy-floss with dark red berries and cream on the mid palate and a juicy, crisp and dry finish.

Chef's Notes: 

Principally paired with salads, pasta and risotto. Excellent with seafood and goats' cheeses. Perfect summer wine.

 
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PINOTAGE

Winemaker's Notes:

A South African classic.  Oodles of flavours and aromas on this classic example of South Africa’s very own grape. Ripe black and red berries vie with spice and coffee hints, baked meats and dried herbs. The wine has soft, pliable tannins, a rich and weighty mid-palate and an endless finish. 

Chef's Notes: 

Ideal with a smoky, braaied game steak for a classic South African combination. 

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MERLOT

Winemaker's Notes:

A savoury masterpiece.  A richly-satisfying mouthful of dark plums and stewed fruit, this Merlot is full of earthy flavours with dark chocolate hints, savoury dried meat and plenty of spicy highlights.

Chef's Notes: 

Soft tannins and a rounded mouthfeel cry out to be served with hearty comfort food such as a beef casserole or a classic lamb potjie.  

 
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PINOT NOIR

Winemaker's Notes:

With multiple layers of flavour – red cherries, dark chocolate and dark plums – this wine is enlivened and given character by deft use of gentle oak adding spicy cloves, cinnamon and vanilla into the mix.

Chef's Notes: 

Juicy, soft tannins and a clean, racy acidity make this the finest partner for rich terrines or pates as well as crispy, seared duck. 

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SHIRAZ

Winemaker's Notes:

An elegant mouthful of spiced black berries. Enticing and tantalising aromas of fresh black pepper, coriander seeds and perfumed violets on the nose give way to soft, juicy black fruits with hints of leather and dark chocolate. Supple, ripe tannins support the fruity core and lead through to a spicy long finish.

Chef's Notes: 

A winner with traditional South African game meats or a fine piece of succulent steak.