Attie Louw was born in the Calvinia district. His family moved to Worcester during the Great Depression (1933). At the age of 20, Attie fought in the Second World War in the Natal Carbaniers regiment. He later joined the infantry. After the North African offensive, he fought in Italy and there he started cutting his fellow soldiers’ hair. After the war, he opened a barber shop in Worcester with his friend, Alphie Taylor. He later married Ansie Everson of Opstal farm and was basically the instrument that expanded Opstal along with his father-in-law, Carl. The first wine under the Opstal label was bottled in 1978 through Attie’s initiative.