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THE. best wine competition ever – for Christmas in July!

Every winter South Africans celebrate Christmas in July (25th). Families get together to feast on roasts, wear silly jumpers, and exchange mid-year gifts. This year, as we all know, is a little bit different. So in the spirit of giving and happiness-making we’d like to give you a chance to win a special gift: the. Cabernet franc 2015, valued at R5,000.00!

Pure liquid luxury, this cabernet franc dominant wine was produced with the intention of competing with the best wines of the Loire Valley. the. is a project between Niels Verburg of Luddite Wines and Brian Smith of Elgin Ridge and the 2015 is the second vintage of the acclaimed wine.

Specially designed luxury box holding the The. Cabernet Franc 2015

An ultimate partner for your table: think a hint of spice and freshly crushed dark fruit on entry followed by perfumed nasturtium and a dusting of pencil shavings. On the palate the wine is dark, rich and full with bright fruit on the mid-palate. Supreme balance prevails.

Only 900 bottles of this ultra-premium wine have been made—one of which can be yours. All you need to do to enter is subscribe to our newsletter:

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T&Cs

  • Competition closes 14 August 2020, winners will be chosen with a random number selector, all subscribers will be entered.
  • Wine will only be able to be delivered after the alcohol ban has been lifted.
  • Only one entry per person
  • No under-18s may enter
  • Winner must reside in South Africa

Elgin Cool Wine and Country Festival

Join us during the Elgin Cool Wine & Country Food Festival and enjoy a tasting of our wines with a few surprises and new releases.

Pre-book the 10 year vertical tasting of our 282 Elgin Ridge Sauvignon Blanc, with winemakers Brian Smith and Kosie van der Merwe.

Places are strictly limited to just 12 people per session: Morning session at 11.00am and afternoon session at 14.30pm

Food truck by the Goose Roasters who will be serving hearty food choices

Our farm animals, Maddox, our Percheron horse, and the Dexter cattle will be around the farm for the kids to see

• Bookings: Mariaan@elginridge.com or 021 846 9060

We need your Vote

We are so excited hear at Elgin Ridge – our Chaos White Wine  label, is a finalist in the Winemag.co.za Wine Label Design Awards 2018. 

Not only is our multi-talented winemaker, Kosie van der Merwe responsible, for the internationally award winning wine inside this beautiful bottle, but he also designed the intriguing label which tells the story of this unique wine.

If you’d like to see the Chaos label win, please follow the link below and click on the ? icon ABOVE the thumbnail image of our wine (you’ll find it at the start of row 2).

Thank you,  from the Elgin Ridge team

Our first Biodynamic oats and straw

2018 started at Elgin Ridge with our very first harvest of certified Biodynamic oat seeds, harvested from from cover crop planted between rows of vines.

The oats were saved after baling the straw bales grown and harvested by our team.

The oat seeds will be used for next years cover crop and the straw bales will be used as feed for our Dexter herd of cattle during winter.

Biodynamic straw bales at Elgin Ridge

Biodynamic oat seeds at Elgin Ridge

Our Tasting Room – Open for Tastings

Don’t forget we are open for wine tasting and sales 7 days a week!

Our opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 10h00 until 16h00, Sunday from 10h00 until 14h00.

Come and enjoy a glass of our Elgin cool climate wines in our Tasting Room and enjoy the view as you sip on our organic wines, or on the balcony, whilst watching the activity in the vineyards of our organic wine estate.

View from tasting room
View from tasting room with sun shining

Peeking at the Pekins! 

Our Peking duck team in the vineyards
Our Peking duck team in the vineyards

Our squad of Peking ducks are in charge of pest control at our biodynamic and organic wine estate, scoffing up all of the snails, slugs and other creepy-crawlies in the vineyards. If you visit us around 4pm, you can watch them returning to their duck house all in a row.

Mowing team going to work

At Elgin Ridge we have a small flock of Dorper sheep, and every day they go to work, mowing the grass between the rows of vines in the vineyards.

Dorper sheep, the mowing team, at Elgin Ridge

Here is  the team on their way to the vineyards, and the sky really was that blue on this beautiful sunny day in the Elgin Valley

Our Japanese importer comes to visit

Brian hosting our Japanese importer, who popped in for a quick 4 hour tasting yesterday, we couldn’t resist also tasting, the,  a Cabernet Franc, Elgin Ridge has made with our friends over at Luddite. Brian and Niels joint venture is lauded as the most expensive wine in South Africa

Such a lovely lady, our wines are in very good hands

Brian hosting a tasting with our Japanese importer

New vines planted for more Chaos

Look how well our certified biodynamic and organic Sémillon vines growing and developing  for more Chaos white, it will be a few years before we get grapes though as it takes 3-4 years to get a crop from newly planted vines. Each vine is lovingly tended to by a member of our vineyard team.

Sémillon and Cabernet Franc vines