Thirty years ago, the brand which has become synonymous with Pinotage was ‘born’ when the first vineyard was planted at the small home farm off the Koelenhof road, bought in 1988.
Following the 1997 acquisition of 100 hectares in the Bottelary Winelands of Stellenbosch, the landholding increased again in 2018 with the purchase of a 50ha spread of vineyards known as Kriekbult between the winery and the Simonsberg as viewed from the deck of the bistro at Beyerskloof.
Since Beyers Truter planted his first vineyards, he has worked tirelessly to perfect his brand and has earned the title of the King of Pinotage. In 1991 he became the first South African to win the International Winemaker of the Year award.
Opting for a slightly more relaxed life, Beyers has now entrusted his son, Anri and the Beyerskloof family with the daily running of the cellar and bistro.
Earlier this year Beyers was honoured with the 1659 Award for Visionary Leadership for his efforts and initiatives to create a lasting legacy in the South African wine industry. His mission to have his Pinotage internationally recognised was celebrated by his peers and the global wine industry.