Jannie Louw is the 5th generation of Louws to have farmed Eikeboom (Eikeboom means "oak tree grove"), the ﬁrst being Jan Nicolaas in 1864. Known originally as de Eikenbomen, the farm has been in existence since the early 19th century, having been recorded by travelers at the time. It is beautifully situated near the small village of Hermon in the heart of the Boland, Western Cape, South Africa. The mountains, the Elandskloofberge, provide a spectacular visual backdrop.
Essentially a wheat farmer, Jannie has long had a passion for viticulture. Today he has resurrected the art of winemaking as practiced by his grandfather, Ou Jan 'Ligtewyn', whose reputation stemmed from the fact he produced a better quality vintage than normally obtained in the area at the time. Jannie's brother makes wine in Paarl at Baardeberg.
Production is low volume, high quality, in the garagiste style, with Jannie taking meticulous care over all aspects. His range includes Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay.
The farm is around 900 hectares, with 70 hectares of grapes (the remaining areas farm sheep, cattle and wheat). Production about 2,000 cases in total. They currently sell 90% of their grapes to Wellington Cellars.