In 2004 Ernst and Gwenda Gouws purchased 66 hectares of land on the Stellenbosch Wine Route, on which the company cultivates their own vineyards.

Husband and wife team, Ernst and Gwenda Gouws are the soul and drive behind this family owned wine company.  They founded the family business on their international training and 30 years experience in the South African wine industry.  Ernst studied winemaking at the Weinsberg Wine School in Germany during the 1970`s.  During the early 1980`s he worked in the Champagne and Bordeaux regions in France, there after he spent 15 years actively involved with the development of a number of private wine estates in the Cape Winelands including Saxenburg, Rhebokskloof and Hoopenburg and in 2004 fulfilled his lifelong dream by going solo and launching the family flagship label, Ernst Gouws & Co.

Following in the footsteps of their father, are Ezanne and Ernst Junior, both winemakers from Stellenbosch University.

With the next generation moving to the fore, we thought it fitting to remain faithful to tradition and in Septermber 2009 we changed the name Ernst & Co to our family name Ernst Gouws & Co.  The new label 2009 white wines have been available in store from September 2009. 

Ernst Gouws & Co