Biodynamic and Organic vineyards

Organic and bio-dynamic vineyards

Ducks at home in our organic and bio-dynamic vineyardsAt Elgin Ridge we work to grow biodynamic and organic vineyards. This gives our vines nourishment that is sustainable and ensures that our wines truly represent the land itself.

With quality grapes, there is less to do in the cellar, which fits our wine making philosophy of ‘minimal intervention’ perfectly. Following this philosophy, winemaker Niels Verburg allows a natural approach throughout, from vine to bottle.

Often said and very true is the saying, “Good wine begins in the vineyards.” The Elgin valley has a cool climate similar to that of Burgundy, the French appellation famous for producing elegant and subtle wines sought the world over.

Our vines are on land 282 metres above sea level that was – and still is – completely untouched by chemicals. We recycle our farm vegetation and make our own compost. This ensures our vines are truly natural, aided only with approved organic materials.

We like to celebrate our grapes as they are, so leave the responsibility of pest control to some smaller but equally important members of the team: our beloved ducks. These are hatched on our farm and trained to eat pests daily. A visit around 4 p.m. will show them returning to their duck house all in a row.