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The Story of Van Ryn's

The Van Ryn family were pioneers of wines and brandy in the Cape. They arrived from Rondekerk, Holland, in 1845 and opened a bottle store in Rondebosc. In 1867, Jan Van Ryn along with his two sons Johannes Hendrik and Jacobus opened the JH & J Van Ryn Company.

The Van Ryn’s Brandy Distillery lies in the heart of the Vlottenburg Valley, where the Eerste River winds its way through the tranquil landscape. Producing award winning brandies from Colombard and Chenin Blanc grape varieties. Believing in “Excellence in Maturation” much care is afforded to maintain optimum maturation conditions in the cellar.


The founder's belief that the secret of a great brandy lies in its maturation, remains the cornerstone of the distillery's brandy making tradition. At Van Ryn's Distillery, the age-old skill of the cooper has been preserved for posterity and still forms an integral part of brandy maturation in wood. The Distillery boasts an impressive variety of ancient stills - one of which dates back almost 200 years - and is still in daily use. It is a living testament to the art of brandy making and the South African brandy culture.

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