Ernst Gouws & Co.

Est. 1975

In 1975 winemaker Ernst Gouws traveled to France and Germany to perfect his skill. His childhood sweetheart, Gwenda, joined him. They married and the Ernst Gouws & Co. story began.

Forty years, three children and many Gouws grandchildren later, Ernst and Gwenda run the Gouws family wine business. Ernst is winemaker, Gwenda the general manager. Their children share their passion for wine and play key roles in the winery. Ezanne and Ernst Jr., also both winemakers, head marketing and run international and domestic sales. Their efforts have turned the Ernst Gouws & Co. wines into favorites both in South Africa and abroad.

Ernst Sr. is well known on the Cape. He sources his grapes from renowned vineyards, hand selecting the grapes himself. This gives Ernst Gouws & Co. the ability to produce wines with a unique South African terroir. Ernst Gouws & Co. wines proudly show off the range of unique South African terroir. Wines are cellared in Stellenbosch, with french oak barrels and natural fermentation techniques when possible.


Ernst Gouws & Co.
Pinot Noir
Available in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Contact us for more details.




100% Pinot Noir


Elgin & Stellenbosch


South Africa

Wine Making Notes

Ernst Sr. sources his grapes from the farms of renowned vineyards, hand selecting the grapes himself. These grapes are a unique blend from warm and cool climates. The wine undergoes natural fermentation in open top fermenters and ages for 10 months in second fill French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

Red cherries, dark chocolate and dark plums, gentle oak adds spicy cloves, cinnamon and vanilla into the mix.

Food Pairing

Juicy, soft tannins and a clean, racy acidity make this wine a classic partner for rich terrines or pates. Also try grilled meat, or crispy seared duck.


TA:5.2 g/l
RS: 4.0g/l