A century ago on the farm Winkelshoek, about 30km North of Piketberg, the Hanekom family’s colourful history started.H.A.C Hanekom, or as we would call him, Grandpa Hennie, became the first winemaker in the family. The location is hot and grapes achieved high sugars that are ideal for sweeter wine cultivars and Grandpa Hennie used that to his benefit to make the most delicious dessert wines. Winkelshoek is therefore a lasting part of the Hanekom family’s success and winemaker genes.
The farm Schenkfontein originated on 9 December 1992 when a certain portion of the old Winkelshoek family farm, was separated and sold off to Hennie Hanekom.
He decided to name the farm Schenkfontein. The name originates from a kindhearted Dutch master, Mr Schenke, who chose to make his new home in the early 1900’s at a specific fountain (fontein) on this setting where he spent his time teaching the local children how to read and write under the big branches of an old pomegranate tree. The word “Schenke”, actually alluding to the Dutch master, also means “wine provider” and proved to be prophetic and not co-incidental at all. The fate of the farm seems to have been decided long before any of us gave it any thought!
It is here, in these idyllic wine-producing conditions that winemaker, Hendrik Hanekom, produced the first certified wines under the Schenkfontein label in 2014. He is a passionate winemaker with his own beliefs and his wines can be described as “easy drinking”. He still follows some of Oupa Hennie’s well-guarded recipes and Schenkfontein received it’ s first Veritas Gold for their Winkelshoek Cape Vintage 2015.
A first is our brand new boutique cellar where wine is prepared on smaller scale and with a much more personal touch. The cellar is still undergoing construction, but we are very excited to open for wine sales and tasting soon.
Wine Tastings and Sales
Open by appointment.
NB: Bookings for cellar tours and visits to facilities that are open by appointment only should be made 48 hours in advance.
Monday - Friday 08:00-16:00