Message from the winemaker
Jaco van Niekerk
Hailing from a family of farmers and with a BSc in Viticulture and Winemaking, it’s no wonder that Jaco van Niekerk is the newest General Manager and Winemaker at Piekenierskloof Winery. Stints at established estate wineries worldwide have allowed for Jaco to remain on top of winemaking trends and forge long lasting relationships with customers. Paired with his go-getter attitude, he is set to position Piekiernierskloof Winery as an industry leader, not only due to the remarkable quality of wines produced, but also to the unique South African experience we offer customers and visitors alike.
The pride of our land
With the Cederberg Mountains to the east and the Olifants River Mountains to the west, the Piekenierskloof valley is brimming with stories to share. Not only was the area home to herds of elephants more than 300 years ago and of course, the Dutch soldiers (called Piekeniers) who protected the pass, but history says that the San and Khoisan families set up temporary homes here too …
Introducing our wines
“In search of new beginnings, the Dutch Piekeniers (soldiers) selected the expansive Piekenierskloof Pass to establish new roots – just like the young vines around them.”