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If you think Elgin’s fruit burst with purity and flavour … wait until you taste our Wines!

The secret of our famous fruits?

The Elgin Valley is the biggest producer of apples in South Africa. More recently wine grapes have been planted extensively within this beautiful valley. The wines of Elgin are arguably some of the best produced in South Africa and we are not shy to say they stand up to many international icons.

So what exactly do you experience when you taste an Elgin Wine?

Elgin wines are characterised by an explosion of flavours: beautiful pure fruit flavours supported by an underlying minerality. The white wines often reveal a touch of fynbos whilst a spicy finish to our reds is a common trait.
The Wines of Elgin are by definition an expression of their terroir. They have a sense of place. So what exactly is it that makes our wine so special?

The Elgin Valley situated 70 km east of Cape Town, is an inland plateau, naturally defined by the surrounding mountains. At elevations ranging from 260-600 meters above sea level, we enjoy cool temperatures. We are rated as Region 2 on the Winkler Scale which makes us one of the coolest wine producing areas in South Africa.

Our Mean February temperature is 19.7°C.

The prevailing summer south-east wind drapes its clouds over our surrounding mountains. The summer cloud cover protects our grapes from sunburn and reduces the temperature. The direct result of these lower temperatures is that our grapes take longer to ripen. The longer “hang time” on the vine means that all the phenolic elements have time to ripen simultaneously along with sugar ripeness.

One of our biggest plus factors is a scientific phenomenon known as diurnal temperature fluctuation. In layman’s terms this means there is a significant difference between day time and night time temperatures. Temperatures invariably drop to below 15°C at night. Our vines “wake up” refreshed, and enthusiastically reveal their flavours.

Our rainfall is abundant with some summer showers not uncommon. So no water stress. Aided by some of the most ancient soils known to mankind and nurtured by farmers with a passion for producing premium quality grapes with personality, the fruits mature to a point of optimum ripeness, are harvested with care and turned over to our winemakers to work their magic.

The average annual rainfall is 1011mm with 366mm falling in summer.

The parent soils are Table Mountain Sandstone and Bokkeveld Shale.

We hope this explains why we believe our internationally awarded wines burst with fruit, purity, poise and complexity. Be Seriously Cool and drink an Elgin wine. We can guarantee you will soon be reaching for more.