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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 Semillon 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 memebr of our vineyard team.

Semmillion and Cabernet Franc vines

the – Cab Franc 2014

the Story. the Beginning. the 2014 Cabernet Franc.

 

In 2013, two winemakers – Elgin Ridge’s Brian Smith and Luddite Wines‘ Niels Verburg – were having a beer. They were chatting about their shared love of Cabernet Franc and one suddenly said “So, why don’t we make some”

 

It was one of those spur of the moment decisions that quickly evolved into an exciting and unique winemaking journey with the not-so-insignificant goal of creating the best Cabernet Franc in South Africa and today, 4 years on, they’re ready to release their first vintage.

 

“the 2014 Cabernet Franc” is being revealed for the very first time at an exclusive trade preview at Marble in Johannesburg today and at Ellerman House in Cape Town tomorrow. Befitting of its caliber and exclusivity, the 2014 Cabernet Franc will be showcased against Château Mouton Rothschild 2013 and Château Margaux 2013 at both events.

Only 900 bottles were produced and quantities are strictly limited. For enquiries, please contact info@cabfranc.co.za