The name Kanu is from a legend told by an old Xhosa man who was raised in his grandmother’s house on the soil of the farm located in the Bottelary Hills of Stellenbosch. 

Every day, the old man would tell stories of the mythical bird he had seen flying over the farm. According to him, if the bird’s shadow touches your crop, you are promised a bountiful year’s harvest.

Many years after the revelation of this mythical bird and its story, Kanu Wines are proud to announce that they have entered a new era of winemaking that sees new owners at its helm. 

The vision of the owners is one of exquisite wines and delicious foods, combined with activities that will welcome young and old onto the newly-renovated grounds on the R304, Stellenbosch. 

“Kanu has always had a strong winemaking foundation that we are very proud of. Naturally, we want to continue producing our world-class wines, but we wanted to create a space where friends and family can come together to not only enjoy our wines, but also celebrate the good food and entertainment on offer,” says Robbie Clarke, Kanu Wines’ Operations Manager.

Towards the start of summer, guests at the farm can look forward to the opening of DuVin, an Asian Fusion-inspired restaurant that overlooks the olive grove that sits just below the restaurant lawns. 

As for the wine, winemaker, Johan Grimbeek, is visibly excited about the brand new tasting room, located within the cellar at Kanu Wines. 

“Apart from the wines that we had in our portfolio in the past, there are also new additions currently in bottle and four premium wines currently maturing in barrel, exciting times for sure,” says Grimbeek.  


“Something special happens when you take wine lovers into the heart of where the wine comes from. When they see the barrels maturing in the cellar, they get an idea of the love and attention that goes into cultivating grapes and the patience that goes into the wine maturation process,” Grimbeek adds.  

Apart from the good food and wine on offer, Kanu Wines will offer other attractions like the newly-laid putt-putt course to keep the kids busy and a curio shop where visitors can buy local art, products and souvenirs. 

As tourists start flocking to Stellenbosch this summer, Kanu Wines will establish themselves as a must-visit option in the wine valley for anyone who’d like to experience something new and something just a little bit different. 

To keep in touch with the latest news and developments at Kanu Wines, be sure to follow them on Instagram and Facebook.  

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