Welcome to the world of Ernst Gouws & co, a family of winemakers located in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

It is here that we have been perfecting our art over four consecutive generations and our wines bear our family name as testament to our commitment. The circular labels symbolize our infinite passion for wine, family and tradition, and the intricate ties that have forged them. 


It all began 40 years ago - or rather in 1694 when the French Huguenots came to South Africa and the first Gouws (then called Gauché) of the Ernst Gouws and Co family began what would be an epic journey into South African wines.

Many generations later, Ernst and his family boast a proud history of family winemaking. This Stellenbosch family has become synonymous with producing quality South African wines, rich in heritage and tradition and driven by a profound passion for wine and family values.

In 1975, a dapper and enthusiastic Ernst traveled to Europe on his father’s instructions not to return to South Africa unless he had mastered the art of winemaking. It was during this voyage of discovery and learning in France and Germany that he missed his       childhood sweetheart and invited her to visit. After falling madly in love with Gwenda, they decided to marry then and there.

Forty years, three children and many Gouws grandchildren later, Ernst and Gwenda run the Gouws family wine business

And so the circle of life finds true meaning in the lives of the Gouws family - timeless wines representing unity and infinitude, perfectly symbolized by their circular copper-foiled labels bearing the confident and elegantly crafted family name of Ernst Gouws & Co.


inke 

Inke complements the family’s deep roots in the industry with Burgundy-based wine studies and experience in wine marketing . 

 

GWENDA

Inke complements the family’s deep roots in the industry with Burgundy-based wine studies and experience in wine marketing

ezanne

Ezanne, a qualified winemaker, takes care of the export sales and marketing of the family flagship wines.

 

ERNST

Inke complements the family’s deep roots in the industry with Burgundy-based wine studies and experience in wine marketing

ernst

Whilst Ernst Jnr, also a qualified winemaker is in charge of the national distribution and The 19th wines.

 


he travels to various regions throughout the Western Cape and handpicks his grapes