Stellenbosch, South Africa
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brie Beeslaar has been working as the winemaker at Kanonkop, one of the Cape’s top red wine producers, since 2003. He initially applied for medical school but his grades were not sufficient to be accepted, so he decided to study agriculture for a year and then reapply to medical school. After a year at agriculture school he was having so much fun that he never reapplied for medical school, and he has never looked back. Before arriving at Kanonkop he worked for several years in the Swartland and has completed a few vintages in Germany.
Kanonkop is a red wine specialist, particularly with Pinotage, so Abrie has a lot of experience with the grape. Kanonkop follows the estate concept, where all the grapes have to come from the farm, they don’t purchase fruit. Abrie has taken the opportunity to make a Pinotage under his own name from a vineyard outside of the Kanonkop. It comes from a pretty special vineyard in Stellenbosch and the results have earned wide praise for its elegant structure.
Pinotage was once much maligned but the new generation of Cape winemakers have decided to own Pinotage and transform it from its previous rustic character. Abrie Beeslaar is one of the winemakers proudly leading the charge as a Pinotage specialist and is showing the world a completely different side of the grape.