December 11, 2023

Cobus Germishuys: A Journey of Inspiration and Change

Cobus Germishuys

In the heart of Stellenbosch’s renowned wine region, a remarkable man is known by many names – “Cobus Kanu” or “the Wine Angel of Stellenbosch.” Cobus Germishuys, the Current Tasting Room Manager at Kanu Wine Estate, is more than a wine expert; he embodies inspiration and change.

For a quarter of a century, Cobus has been a shining star in the wine industry, living each day to the fullest. Born and raised on Remhoogte Farm outside Baardskeerdersbos in the Overberg, he was destined to be a difference-maker, challenging norms and dedicated to shaping the world he envisioned.

Even in his youth, Cobus rejected conformity. “In school, I decided that I want to be different from the rest,” he reminisces. He pursued Literature as an additional subject, driven by his passion for communication and writing, guided by his mother’s wisdom: “You never say you cannot do something. Go read a book about it and learn how.”

During his free time, Cobus interviewed government officials, eventually becoming the head boy of his school. After graduation, he embarked on a journey of self-discovery and service, volunteering at a mission station and Pelenomi Hospital in Bloemfontein, seeking to acquire knowledge and skills to make a positive impact.

As a freelance writer, he delved into the world of tourism and even penned songs for famous Afrikaans singers. His writing talents got the attention from major publications, including Naspers (Media24), The Citizen, Rooi Rose, Huisgenoot, and Tygerburger, where he shared tourism articles about Cape Town and South Africa.

Cobus found his true calling in the wine industry, working as a wine expert at Muldersbosch Wine Estate, later becoming Kanu Wine Estate. Here, he had the privilege of interacting with remarkable figures like Margaret Thatcher, Pres Arab Moy, and Oprah Winfrey, each leaving an indelible mark on his life.

Reflecting on his journey, Cobus embodies his mother’s wisdom: “One swallow does not build an entire summer, but one swallow’s contribution can be seen by many.” He radiates warmth, empathy, sympathy, positivity, inspiration, and motivation, especially in today’s world.

Cobus has become a beacon of light in the wine industry, believing in being a Renaissance figure in the lives he touches. His boundless energy and passion for people and life is nothing short of inspiring. His storytelling gifts transport listeners to different worlds, leaving them not only with a taste of fine wine, but also a deeper appreciation for life.

In Cobus Germishuys, we find a man who embodies adventure, humanitarianism, and artistic spirit. He is a testament to the power of pursuing one’s passions, embracing change, and inspiring others to do the same.