Who We Are

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About Coenie

Meet the Winemaker

Coenie Snyman is a South African winemaker and the founder of Rock of Eye.

Born and raised in Stellenbosch, he has spent the better part of three decades honing his Rock of Eye in the local and international wine industry. A recipient of the 2009 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year award and a member of the Cape Winemakers Guild, Coenie founded Rock of Eye to create a portfolio of investment-grade wines that are true expressions of their – and his – distinct birthplace.

Wine is a celebration of the intricate dance between the land and the winemaker, a reminder that sometimes you don’t need to measure – you just know.

Coenie Snyman
We offer comprehensive consulting that draws upon our wealth of expertise in winemaking, winery equipment, operational efficiency, and winery design. Our services are designed to develop the winemaking talent within your business and can include a holistic view of all aspects of the winemaking process. This includes everything from vineyard and viticulture to winemaking and winery operations, to ensuring profitability that aligns with your overall business goals.
We are equipped to craft wines tailored to meet the unique requirements of our clients. This encompasses every stage of the winemaking process, from sourcing premium grapes to expertly guiding the wine through the winemaking, maturation, and bottling phases.
We provide comprehensive turnaround strategies, helping wineries in distress. Our expertise allows us to effectively clean up and restore struggling wineries, delivering a seamless turnkey solution to even the most challenging business problems.
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The Story

Where it started….

Coenie’s passion for winemaking started at an early age, tagging along with his father who ministered to farm employees. He knew even then that he wanted to be part of this ageless industry. Coenie began by studying engineering at Stellenbosch University with the aim of building wine cellars, but when he realized he could study winemaking itself, he switched courses. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in viticulture and oenology in 1994 and an Honours degree in oenology in 2000.

Early influences on his winemaking style came when he was harvesting on wine farms in California, USA. There he came into contact with the South African wine stalwarts whom he still considers his mentors: Martin Meinert of Vergelegen and Chris Keet of Cordoba and viticulturalist, Mathew Castle.

After graduation, Coenie joined industry giant Distell, working across different departments and learning different aspects of the wine industry before landing what he describes as the “coolest job in the world” – winemaker for their Bergkelder range of red wines. In 2003 he took over as cellar manager at Bergkelder and for the next 10 years gained “phenomenal” experience, working with super premium vineyards from Gansbaai in the south to Lutzville in the north.

It was as winemaker at Rust en Vrede that Coenie produced the 2007 single varietal cabernet which won him the 2009 Diner’s Club Winemaker of the Year award and led to his membership of the illustrious Cape Winemakers Guild.

Inspired to create his very own wines, Coenie has come full circle with his cabernet sauvignon maturing in the cellar to complement the Chenin Blanc and Cinsault produced by Rock of Eye from a blend of artistry and instinct born of his Rock of Eye and hands-on experience.

Coenie’s greatest enjoyment comes not from accolades but from being able to create the perfect blend of wine with as little human interference as possible – just his Rock of Eye. Closer to his heart than even his best wine is his family, Caroline his wife, and his children. Whether there is another winemaker in the family following in the footsteps of his father – only time can tell. But what is certain is that Coenie will use his Rock of Eye to continue blending the finest of fine wines for years to come.
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The Team

The key to making great wine is teamwork

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Discover our Wines

From our vineyards to your glass, experience the difference that quality and attention to detail make. Browse our selection of wines and find your new favorite. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply enjoying a quiet night in, our wines are the perfect addition to any moment.
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