Jan Schoonwinkel matriculated in 1981 at Boland Agricultural High School and Obtained his degree in B.Agric. Admin at Stellenbosch University in 1985. He then did his military service and obtained the rank of Lieutenant. In 1986 he took over the family farm from his father and is married to Sanet, they have three children, Arno, Jaco and Elmarie. He substantially expanded his farming interests and is proud to be the owner of Kluitjieskraal Jerseys who has won several awards. Furthermore, he operates his farm farming with Dohne Merino sheep and planting small grains like canola, oats, barley and wheat. He loves traveling and fishing in his spare time.