The winery is located on the foothills of the Simonsberg in the north of the South African wine-growing district Stellenbosch
, It was founded by JW Sauer in 1712. The entrance to the estate is adorned by an old, eponymous cannon that once stood on a nearby hill and was fired by ships as it entered Table Bay. The current owners are Johann and Paul Krige. The vineyards cover 100 hectares. The Pinotage occupies half, the rest are shared by Cabernet Sauvignon (30%), Merlot and Cabernet Franc. There are cool breezes from the nearby Atlantic and in connection with the water-storing floors made of red granite with a high clay content, this results in excellent red wines. An artificial one irrigation
is only necessary on 10% of the vineyards. Kanonkop became famous for the long-lasting, oak barrel built and produced since the 1950s Pinotage
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applies. The high quality of this red wine was shaped by the former winemaker Jan Coetzee, who then worked on the estate in 1981 Vriesenhof
acquired. The second top product "Paul Sauer" is produced from Cabernet Sauvignon (85%) and Cabernet Franc (15%). The deep purple wine is aged in barriques for up to 26 months. Of the second wine
is called "Cadet". Around 300,000 bottles of wine are produced annually.