Our Story: outstanding organic wines that reflect our passion

The Elgin Ridge Story

View from tasting roomHaving sold our successful IT business in London we decided it was time to pursue a dream we had always nurtured: to make outstanding wines in small quantities that reflected our passion.

We searched most of the wine growing regions in Europe, but eventually started looking at other countries. We discovered the Elgin Valley in South Africa and its unique terroir made it the ideal place to realise this dream.

The small farm we purchased was run down but showed great potential. Our objective from the beginning was to be organic. It suited this objective perfectly as the farm had been fallow for many years. And so our first vines, Sauvignon Blanc, were planted in 2007.

Outstanding organic wines

Our farm is certified Biodynamic by Demeter and certified organic by ECOCERT.  Our vineyards have not been sprayed with any chemical for over 10 years. Weeding each row of vines is done by Maddox, a gentle Percheron, who loves ploughing while pest control is performed by ducks patrolling the vineyards.

With the help of our new winemaker, Kosie van der Merwe,  and viticulturist Kevin Watt, we’ve managed to produce exactly what we dreamed of doing, and have been delighted by the quality of wine produced.

All the care and knowledge we put into making our dream of creating outstanding biodynamic and organic wines may explain why they receive such rave reviews. We hope you enjoy our wines as much as we have enjoy making them.

Brian and Marion Smith.