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Kanonkop, a renowned name in the world of wine, emerged through a rich history and commitment to excellence. Situated in the esteemed wine region of Stellenbosch, South Africa, Kanonkop’s origins trace back to the late 17th century. Its story began when a fearless man named Jan Ernst Louw settled in the area and planted vineyards on the slopes of the Kanonkop hill. Through generations of dedicated winemaking and a steadfast adherence to traditional methods, Kanonkop steadily gained recognition for its exceptional wines, particularly its iconic Pinotage. Today, Kanonkop stands as a testament to a legacy of passion, expertise, and a deep understanding of establishing its well-deserved reputation as a world-class wine estate.


The brief entailed alterations to the interior which included the tasting room, elegant private tasting room, new Vinoteque and access to the gallery. The brief also expressed the need for additions such as the new outside tasting deck and new E-commerce extension where guests can enjoy the wonderful wine blends.


The design approach for the Kanonkop tasting deck and E-commerce extension is centered around creating an immersive and enjoyable experience for guests, allowing them to savour the wonderful wine blends. The New tasting room and Vinoteque was exquisitely designed to elevate the presentation of Kanonkop wines on elegant shelving, illuminated by tasteful LED strip lights, creating a captivating focal point for visitors to admire. In addition to that, one of the rooms also houses an art gallery, accompanied by a cosy lounge, providing guests with a delightful space to unwind and reveal in the artistic and wine-filled experience.


The design incorporates organic elements such as wood, rustic bricks, and sleek concrete, creating a harmonious blend of natural textures and contemporary aesthetics. The entrance arch walkway acts as a threshold when entering the wine cellar. The historic Kanonkop building holds a fascinating story, with its small windows mimicking the strategic openings for shooting during early settlements. However, these windows now play a beneficial role in maintaining a cool temperature inside, which is ideal for the production and storage of exceptional wines. The space is enhanced by the captivating aesthetic of the organic-shaped ceiling boards adorned with elegant LED lights, adding a touch of visual allure to the ambience.


The aim for the Kanonkop renovation was to preserve all the historical elements intact, ensuring that none of its rich heritage was lost in the process.


Photographer: 3sixty photography