The historical sweet desert wine. Harvested grapes are spread out in the sun to dry until their sugar density reaches 19-23 Baume. Once achieved, the grapes are crushed and fermented until the process stops naturally due to the high sugar content. The must is then aged in oak barrels for a minimum of two years. Similar to the solera system, the barrels are never completely emptied. New juice is added to the barrel containing old juice and the process begins again. St. John Commandaria is a sweet wine with a powerful bouquet filled with dried fruits, spices and oak. It is luscious and full-bodied
|KWV has been part of South African life since its inception in 1918. The company prides itself on the quality of its wines, made from the best grapes sourced from across the Western Cape. The wines are made in the KWV Cellar in Paarl, in the heart of the Cape wineland.
KWV Wines are crafted with extraordinary skill and dedication. Our viticulturists work closely with our grape growers and are involved throughout the process, from vineyard establishment to harvest. Our winemakers regularly visit the vineyards to familiarise themselves with the terroir and the fruit, and new areas are constantly targeted to ensure grapes are obtained that fit the stylistic direction for KWV Wines.
As a leader in the field, KWV accepts responsibility for the environment. The company, as well as all its grape suppliers, are members of Integrated Production of Wine, a voluntary environmental sustainability scheme.
KWV’s vision is that every vintage should be better than the last, constantly offering a rewarding experience to our wide and varied range of wine consumers.