The farm house and an intimate tasting centre
are situated in the beautiful valley from which the little town Bonnievale takes its name.
Both were recreated in the traditional style. The wine-tasting centre was designed by Derek Van Zyl and
the newly built centre resembles a century-old renovated barn with Cape Dutch features such as open beams and
In the 1960's, GabriŽl Hendrik du Toit, a civil engineer, followed his dream of becoming a wine farmer by buying
two neighbouring farms, totalling 70 ha, in the beautiful Breede River Valley, between Robertson and Bonnievale.
He added a third property to start a dairy farm and called it Soek Die Geluk, since he firmly believed that he would
find happiness in this enterprise. Today Soek die Geluk is a well-known export label to the Netherlands.
Between 1989 and 2015, Jan and Gawie du Toit,
the current owners, added five more farms to the original properties and at present the farms cover
a total of 380 ha. Of this, 280 ha is under irrigation and 180 ha under vineyards.
Gawie, the third generation, joined Goedverwacht in 2013 after receiving his degree at University of
Jan du Toit was born in April 1961 and grew up at Goedverwacht. He matriculated at Bonnievale
High School in 1979 after which he completed two years of National service. During 1982 Ė 83 he studied Cellar Technology
at Elsenburg Agricultural College and in 1984 had his maiden vintage at Goedverwacht. His father, GabriŽl Hendrik passed
away in 1987, with the result that Jan was never able to winemaking elsewhere, either locally or abroad.
In 1988 Jan married Marian and they have three children, Gawie, Marisa and Robert. Jan and Gawie are the sole
owners of Goedverwacht Wine Estate consisting of 180 ha vineyards.