KWV’s story began over a century ago, during the early 1900s, when the South African wine industry was in jeopardy. Excess wine supply far exceeded demand, and a solution was desperately needed to save this flailing sector.
Luckily a silver lining swooped in through the form of Dr Charles William Henry Kohler, who decided to purchase and resell surplus wine and spirits to the international market. This strategy saved the day, and from this, KWV was born. Who would’ve thought that over 100 years later this brandy is still making waves in the international community, as the world’s most awarded brandy brand today.
From its tumultuous beginnings until now, KWV has led the charge in shaping the strict regulations that keep South African brandy at the forefront of top global standards. And KWV continues to win critical acclaim on international stages, which we believe has everything to do with its unique blend of heritage and innovation, cultivated over the years through the input of pioneering leaders and visionary thinkers.
Double distilled in copper potstills and matured in the finest French oak barrels, KWV Brandy is not only a triumph of brandy flavour. It is also a household name, synonymous with value, accessibility and sophistication, binding generations through the love of perfection.
Today, the KWV House of Brandy is home to the most potstills in the world, and has come to be known as a sanctuary for fine brandy and a haven for brandy aficionados.
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– African Brandy Foundation Board Member
– Chairman of the Brandy Panel at the International Spirits Challenge (ISC)
– Led the team that won Brandy and Cognac Producer of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition, consecutively followed by the ISC Award.
Who better to be the leader of KWV’s distillery team than one of Africa’s top experts in the premium spirits field? Pieter de Bod has spent three decades building his knowledge in the industry, which he now applies to developing and improving KWV’s coveted range of local and international brandies.
Despite his trophy cabinet of personal achievements, Pieter holds a reverence for the process that is greater than the individual: “It’s not about yourself. You create a product that could most likely be consumed by the next generation, which is especially true for the premium products aged 20 years and older”.
Match this passion with his world-class expertise, and KWV has in Pieter a recipe for the ages.
Our Worcester Distillery is quite something. Here we can produce 380,000 litres of brandy per day, running up to 30 trucks daily!
The distillery was acquired back in the 1924, and since then has expanded to include 23 maturation cellars as well as 8 tanks, each with a capacity of 2,000,000 litres – the biggest wine tanks in South Africa! We are also proud to be known as the largest copper potstill distillery in the world, with 120 copper potstills of 1,000 litres under one roof. The site also includes a French Cognac Charentals Prulho potsill of 2,500 litres.
But it’s not just the size of the operation that is impressive. All this has come together to making us the world’s most awarded brandy brand, over the last decade.