Harold was born and raised in Stellenbosch where he spent many of his holidays working in vineyards or fruit orchards. After school his desire to master the world of commerce led him to the Gauteng business nucleus where he established the highly successful Johnson Crane Hire company. However, the allure of the Cape and working the lands soon drew him back to his Stellenbosch roots.
Initially purchasing Zevenrivieren in 1987, Harold and Denise Johnson later purchased Zevenwacht in 1992. The name derived from Dutch translates to ‘Seven Expectations’, which they literally endeavoured to create. Their strong commitment to realising the rich potential of Zevenwacht led to the expansion of the wine production facility and a number of new tourist attractions on the farm.
Today, Harold and Denise are as dedicated to preserving Zevenwacht’s rich cultural history as they are to inspiring the new generation of Johnsons to continue the family legacy. A family owned and managed farm, children Tracey Evans (nee Johnson), Frank and John Johnson all play a pivotal role in the evolution of the Zevenwacht brand, its wines and hospitality venues.