OUR WINES

House of H

“This is my house and in here I do what I want” – the mantra of Heinrich Koen; owner, operator and chef of what must arguably be Loop street’s coolest spot, House Of H. Not far removed is Ernst snr’s outlook of “I make wines that I like to drink and nothing else” and maybe that’s why we get along so well with the Koen family. Shared values of honest food, family and not going with the flow.

We love going here, because it always feels like it’s been too long and H is always on hand to show you the most aged cuts, his sixteen-hour brisket or just to grab a drink with.

On that topic of drinks, have an Ernst Gouws & Co Shiraz 2014 with the 42-day, dry-aged, organic ribeye which is flame-grilled and served with hand-cut chips. You won't be disappointed.

Follow House of H

www.houseofh.co.za, Instagram - @houseofh_112loop

SWF Welcomes a New Generation

The 2017 Stellenbosch Wine Festival yet again proved itself to be South Africa’s premier event of its kind. This year Ernst Gouws & Co decided to re-enter the festival with a renewed vigour, focusing on creating an experience for festival-goers instead of just showcasing our wines. The offering was incredibly well received and we had a record amount of feet at our stand. 

 

We wanted two things from SWF this year; people to spend as much time with us as possible and to leave with something once they had done so. So, a mini festival area and a straw hat it was! While it was free to spend time with us, which we really should also have charged for, our hats came at a two-bottle price tag. It was a raging success and by Saturday evening we had completely run out of stock, Ernst snr making desperate attempts on Sunday morning to fill the supplies again. Our festival-within-a-festival consisted of harvest bins, black boards, and black board tables, where people sat around and got very, very creative for hours at a time.

We wanted two things from SWF this year; people to spend as much time with us as possible and to leave with something once they had done so. So, a mini festival area and a straw hat it was! While it was free to spend time with us, which we really should also have charged for, our hats came at a two-bottle price tag. It was a raging success and by Saturday evening we had completely run out of stock, Ernst snr making desperate attempts on Sunday morning to fill the supplies again. Our festival-within-a-festival consisted of harvest bins, black boards, and black board tables, where people sat around and got very, very creative for hours at a time.

The 2015 Chardonnay stood out over the weekend, with the 2016 Sauvignon blanc and 2016 Chenin blanc following shortly on its heels. We imagine that the cooler weather on Saturday increased the Chardonnay sales, due to its lower acidity and softer mouthfeel. It is after all a very elegant wine, being unlike other wooded Chardonnays in the sense that it is only lightly aged in French oak. The 2016 is soon to be released, so keep your eyes peeled on our social media channels.

We’ll definitely be back for the 2018 Stellenbosch Wine Festival and will most certainly have a few more tricks up our sleeve.

Shop Online for Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc or Chenin blanc.

WHERE TO ENJOY OUR WINES

Kaas & Wijn Stefaan, Belgium.

http://kaasenwijnstefaan.be/

One of my favourite places to visit in Europe is Belgium.  The Belgians know how to appreciate the finer things in life.  They eat some of the best food, drink the most delicious wines and they certainly know about keeping track with the latest developments in the design world.  I absolutely love the modern simplistic  (and sometimes daring) look of the Belgian interior.  In Kruibeke, a town close to Antwerp our wines get represented by a lovely, young, ambitious sommelier, Stefaan - his wife, Sally and their two daughters.  The girls remind me of my childhood when my sister, Inke and I would fiddle around in the wine tasting room 'serving' customers and being the on-the-spot assistance to mom and dad.  A few weeks ago after exhibiting our wines at the annual Prowein exhibition in Germany, I had the privilege of attending Kaas & Wijn Stefaan`s Spring Tasting in Kruibeke, where I was spoiled by their hospitality, good food, cheese and wine.    Stefaan grew up in a family that appreciates good wine and from childhood Stefaan had the opportunity to sample the best French wines and cheeses.  After completing his studies at the Hotel School Koksijde, he worked as a sommelier in Belgium.  In 2005 he was voted "First Sommelier of Belgium" and in 2006, he won the contest "Best Sommelier of Belgium".  In 2010, Stefaan was the runner-up in the World Championships for Sommeliers of South African wines  (WOSA - Sommelier World Cup).  It was also at around this time that Stefaan fell in love with South African wines and ever since then he has been dealing with our wines in a more business-like fashion.    Wife Sally is Stefaan`s right hand.  She helps wherever, whenever needed and also recently received her Master in Cheese.    Down the road from Kaas & Wijn Stefaan, you will find the Camerlinck family restaurant, The Ceder.  The Ceder was established by Stefaan`s parents and today his sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Frederick Schaffrath - Camerlinck run the family restaurant and B&B.  Be sure to book a table ahead of time as bookings need to be made at least two months in advance for a weekend dinner.  A culinary experience not to be missed!  Cheers   Ezanne

One of my favourite places to visit in Europe is Belgium.  The Belgians know how to appreciate the finer things in life.  They eat some of the best food, drink the most delicious wines and they certainly know about keeping track with the latest developments in the design world.  I absolutely love the modern simplistic  (and sometimes daring) look of the Belgian interior.  In Kruibeke, a town close to Antwerp our wines get represented by a lovely, young, ambitious sommelier, Stefaan - his wife, Sally and their two daughters.  The girls remind me of my childhood when my sister, Inke and I would fiddle around in the wine tasting room 'serving' customers and being the on-the-spot assistance to mom and dad.

A few weeks ago after exhibiting our wines at the annual Prowein exhibition in Germany, I had the privilege of attending Kaas & Wijn Stefaan`s Spring Tasting in Kruibeke, where I was spoiled by their hospitality, good food, cheese and wine.  

Stefaan grew up in a family that appreciates good wine and from childhood Stefaan had the opportunity to sample the best French wines and cheeses.  After completing his studies at the Hotel School Koksijde, he worked as a sommelier in Belgium.  In 2005 he was voted "First Sommelier of Belgium" and in 2006, he won the contest "Best Sommelier of Belgium".  In 2010, Stefaan was the runner-up in the World Championships for Sommeliers of South African wines  (WOSA - Sommelier World Cup).  It was also at around this time that Stefaan fell in love with South African wines and ever since then he has been dealing with our wines in a more business-like fashion.  

Wife Sally is Stefaan`s right hand.  She helps wherever, whenever needed and also recently received her Master in Cheese.  

Down the road from Kaas & Wijn Stefaan, you will find the Camerlinck family restaurant, The Ceder.  The Ceder was established by Stefaan`s parents and today his sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Frederick Schaffrath - Camerlinck run the family restaurant and B&B.  Be sure to book a table ahead of time as bookings need to be made at least two months in advance for a weekend dinner.  A culinary experience not to be missed!

Cheers 

Ezanne

WHERE TO ENJOY OUR WINES

The Perfect Gift for Dad

In combination with Silwood and Hussar Grill we host a monthly steak master class.  The Silwood School of Cookery is South Africa’s oldest cookery school, boasting student achievement unmatched by any other cookery school in the country.  The Hussar Grill restaurant group is one of South Africa`s premier grill rooms serving the best steaks any meat lover can only dream of. 

At our monthly steak master class, chef and grill master Greg Bax will teach you how to cook the perfect Hussar Grill steak as well as a variety of delicious sauces.  Either Ernst senior or junior will pair the wine with the steaks and keep your glasses full throughout the evening while you relax and learn the art of grilling steak to perfection. 

It is a perfect gift for Father’s Day or make a group booking for team building in your company .

2016 Course dates:
21st of July, 4th of August.

Time: 18h30 – 21h30

 Cost: R450 per person

 To bring: Apron

WHERE TO ENJOY OUR WINES - SMAC Gallery

SMAC is proud to present this group exhibition featuring fourteen acclaimed African contemporary artists, including five artists featured at this year`s Venice Biennale.  

The title of the exhibition, Trek, is a word that evokes various responses and has different connotations from Star Trek to the Great Trek.  The Great Trek commenced in the Cape in 1834 and this historic journey into the Southern African interior, by 'displaced' European settlers, provides a purposefully controversial backdrop to the show, which deals with the concepts of migration, travel and displacement in the African context.  

In modern South Afrcan parlance or slang, the word 'trek' refers to moving, as in relocating, or to a difficult or uncomfortable trip, such as a long drive through heavy traffic from one side of the city to another.  The arduous daily travel routine of most Africans living on the outskirts of sprawling cities such as Lagos and Johannesburg and the correlated social issues surrounding this antiquated system, as well as the general lack of public transport on the continent, has become an ingrained frustration and inhibitor to progress and advancement.  Mozambiquean artist Filipe Branquinho's stitched images of merged, elongated African taxis or minibuses are a tactfully composed and witty take on the subject.  Gripping and gritty images from Porto Novo, by Beninese photographer Leonce Raphael Agbodjélou extends this conversation by virtue of stark and vivid images of young scooter-riders in peak midday traffic.  To read more please visit www.smacgallery.com

Join us for a glass of our newly released Ernst Gouws & Co Sauvignon blanc 2015 while wandering through the TREK exhibition on Saturday the 16th of May at SMAC gallery, The Palms, 145 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock.

WHERE WE ENJOYED OUR WINES

LA PERLA, SEA POINT, CAPE TOWN

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!

Beach Road, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001
T. +27 (0)21 439 9538

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