meet our legend

Cellar master | Jan ‘Boland’ Coetzee

“Stellenbosch has always inspired me. It’s where I was educated, learned the great game of rugby, started a family and made many friends. It is also where I have come to fulfil my passion and fascination for the noble art of winemaking.

It all began in 1980 when I purchased the farm Vriesenhof in the Paradyskloof Valley. Together with my team, I set about cultivating plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, pinotage and Pinot Noir. Today these plantings produce
a very diverse range of wines under the label of Vriesenhof.

I’ve always believed that one’s footsteps must be in the soil, you must understand the soil, the plant and the climate.”