Ken Forrester Wines is situated on the slopes of the Helderberg mountain in Stellenbosch. Scholtenhof, one of the oldest farms in the Cape was originally granted to German, Frederick Boot (later Botha) who planted his first vines in 1694. In 1833 another German family, the named Scholtz (hence Scholtenhof) took over and farmed happily for nearly 100 years. Subsequently a succession of owners took up residence and the property fell on hard times in the early 1990s.
In 1993, Ken Forrester and his wife Teresa bought the vacant and derelict farm and homestead and undertook a huge renovation of the vineyards and house. In 1994 the first wines were produced under the Ken Forrester label and were soon at the forefront of the Chenin Blanc revival.
Grapes were harvested by hand at optimal ripeness. Only free run juice was used and skin contact was determined in individual batches. A 15% portion of the wine was matured in large French oak barrels for two months.