In South Africa, Danie Steytler has long been considered one of the top two producers of Pinotage in the country. He has won numerous awards and accolades for his Pinotage wines, and for the Steytler Vision, a Cape blend with 40% Pinotage. He is passionate about the variety which in Danie’s words, ‘put Kaapzicht on the map’.
Kaapzicht is situated up in the Bottelary Hills with magnificent views towards Table Mountain (hence the name Kaapzicht: Cape View). The farm, which was first mentioned in 1712, has been farmed by the Steytler family since 1946. Danie Steytler Jnr has taken over from his father as winemaker and continues the estate’s successes with Pinotage and Chenin Blanc.
The family take their responsibility towards their employees incredibly seriously and have a number of schemes in place to both make their lives easier, and improve their outcomes. These include an on-site crèche, Pebbles, for 10 babies and toddlers under 6. Since 2002, Kaapzicht have paid all school bills for the 42 children of employees, who also use Pebbles as an After School Club where they can do their homework and benefit from a number of extracurricular activities. In the evenings, Pebbles then turns into a centre to teach literacy to adults and offer tuition to help them achieve their end-of-school exams, sometimes many years after having left school.
Danie Steytler talks Pinotage
Danie, fourth generation winemaker at Kaapzicht, describes why Pinotage is so ideally suited to their Stellenbosch estate.