Ernst Gouws & Co. Wines

Koelenhof Road R304, 7600 Stellenbosch
South Africa

Telephone +27 21 8652895
Fax +27 21 8652894

This company is co-exhibitor of
Wines of South Africa

Hall map

ProWein 2017 hall map (Hall 9): stand B28, stand B48

Fairground map

ProWein 2017 fairground map: Hall 9

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.02  AFRICA
  • 01.02.06  South Africa
  •  Paarl

Our products

Product category: Paarl


Winemaker's Notes:
A classic blend for a flagship white wine, the 1952 celebrates the sixtieth birthday of Ernst Gouws. Made up of equal amounts of two Bordeaux grape varieties, the sensitively-wooded Semillon component adds creamy spice and caramel top-notes to the crisply-fresh Sauvignon Blanc with its flavours of citrus peel and tropical fruit.

Chef's Notes: 
A mouthful of elegant complexity.  Complex and layered with great balancing acidity and a lengthy finish, this is a masterful wine which deserves only the finest seared salmon steak or fragrant roast chicken to offset it to perfection. .

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Product category: Paarl


Winemaker's Notes:
With multiple layers of flavour – red cherries, dark chocolate and dark plums – this wine is enlivened and given character by deft use of gentle oak adding spicy cloves, cinnamon and vanilla into the mix.

Chef's Notes: 
Juicy, soft tannins and a clean, racy acidity make this the finest partner for rich terrines or pates as well as crispy, seared duck.

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Product category: Paarl


Winemaker's Notes:
A savoury masterpiece.  A richly-satisfying mouthful of dark plums and stewed fruit, this MMerlot is full of earthy flavours with dark chocolate hints, savoury dried meat and plenty of spicy highlights.

Chef's Notes: 
Soft tannins and a rounded mouthfeel cry out to be served with hearty comfort food such as a beef casserole or a classic lamb potjie.  

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About us

Company details

Ernst Gouws & Co... 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 – Ernst as winemaker and producer; Gwenda as general manager. All three their children share their passion for wine and followed suit.

Ezanne, a qualified winemaker, takes care of the export sales and marketing of the family flagship wines, whilst Ernst Jnr, also a qualified winemaker is in charge of the national distribution and The 19th wines.

Inke complements the family’s deep roots in the industry with Burgundy-based wine studies and experience in wine marketing at some of France’s premier champagne houses. The fifth generation growing up in the business, currently in babyshoes, already form part of this nurturing and wholesome Gouws tradition.

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.

Welcome to our world of quality wines.

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