German Onion Tart  (Zwiebelkuchen)

When Ernst and I got married in Germany 36 years ago, Onion Tart (or Zwiebelkuchen) was the very first recipe I requested from an old German lady who served it with great confidence to her customers and friends. Ernst studied in Schwabenland, a wine-growing region in South-Central Germany around Stuttgart, where the people speak a specific German dialect - which Ernst naturally picked up and still speaks to perfection. During the grape harvest in Fall, the Schwaben serve onion tart with a young, fresh, unfiltered white wine, called Federweisser.

A typical Schwabish onion tart is baked in a flat rectangular baking tin (2-3 cm deep) and served in squares. The recipe I obtained form the old lady years ago has become a firm favourite of our family and it gives me great pleasure to share it with you! 


  • Short Crust Pastry

Onion Filling:

  • 4 – 5 Onions
  • 25gr Butter
  • 3 Eggs
  • 300ml Cream
  • ½ Cup Parsley, finely chopped

  • Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 200gr grated Gruyere Cheese (or any other strong cheese)
  • Pinch of Aniseed (adds distinct special flavour)


 1. Roll out the pastry 4 mm thick and chill. Blind bake for 10 minutes         in a hot oven (200 degrees Celsius). Remove the paper and bake for       another 5 minutes or so.

2. Chop the onions finely and sauté in butter until soft and golden              brown, then drain on kitchen paper.

3. Beat the eggs and mix with cream, salt, pepper and aniseed, before       finally adding the onions and cheese.

4. Pour the mixture into the pastry case and bake at 180 degrees for            about 30 minutes.

Serve hot with chilled, fresh, dry white wine – my personal favourite for this very special onion tart is the Ernst Gouws & Co Sauvignon Blanc.



Ever since it opened its doors in 1959, La Perla in Sea Point has become a landmark dining destination for locals and tourists - attracting prominent businessmen, international celebrities and gourmands from all over the globe. Known for its ‘70s-inspired fish tank design, sought-after artworks, beautiful people and outstanding views, their efficient and friendly service can be attributed to the fact that many of the waiters have been working for the Italian owners for over 25 years! With their exquisite selection of seafood platters and home-made Italian pastas, an evening at La Perla offers a dining experience unlike any other.

La Perla’s extensive wine list includes some of our most popular wines, including our Ernst Gouws & Co Sauvignon Blanc, the ideal aperitif to sip on whilst watching the sun set over the Atlantic, and our Nineteenfiftytwo white blend that perfectly complements their famous seafood platters. The owners of La Perla have a passion for beauty, good food and fine wine – a passion they share with the entire Gouws family!

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A circle represents a beginning with no end – an ongoing journey – and for me; family is the personification of the perfect circle in life. Members are bound together forever, with the various generations each making up smaller circles within the larger whole.

Our own family circle came to be in 1975, when Ernst’s dad sent him to Europe on a one-way ticket to learn the tricks of the winemaking trade at a wine college in Weinsberg, Germany. He was to conitnue the winemaking tradition that had been part in the Gouws family for many generations, and almost 30 years later, Ernst’s journey came full circle, when he fulfilled his lifelong dream of establishing his own wine label. The Ernst & Co label was launched in 2004 and our family proudly presented the classic oval-shaped label to the world.

Ten years later Inke, Ezanne and Ernst Jnr. have outgrown their kiddies’ shoes and, in true Gouws tradition, are pursuing their own winemaking dreams. Growing up in a family where mum and dad worked side by side building and realising their dream, it was inevitable that this dream would also became theirs. We are privileged to all live close together in the Cape Winelands and have regular opportunities to share a bottle of wine and have lengthy discussions about new trends in the winemaking world, whether it is wine styles, packaging or marketing trends. We may argue a lot, but we’ve found that a good glass of wine works wonders to cool down the tension. Over the years, wine has become our way of life – it is the glue that keeps our family circle together.


In a headstrong family like ours, where all members have very specific opinions on what is right and what is completely wrong, revamping the Ernst Gouws & Co label into a more modern, eye-catching design to fit into the new competitive wine industry seemed like an impossible feat. But, after many months of research, lengthy discussions and countless trials and errors, we can now proudly present to you our new circular Ernst Gouws & Co label.

The circle embodies a timeless brand that represents tradition and unity. These attributes have been translated into the circular copper-foiled labels bearing the proud and elegantly crafted family name of Ernst Gouws and Co.

Our flagship is all about family, authenticity and tradition and we welcome you once again into our world of quality wines. To learn more about our wines and our family, please visit the new online home of Ernst Gouws & Co. We would love to hear what you think about our wines, our website and our new labels, so please send us your comments via Twitter or Facebook, or simple send a quick note to ernst@ernstgouws.co.za. We look forward to hearing from you!

Yours truly,

Gwenda Gouws