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

Elgin Cool Wine & Country Festival 29th April & 30th April 2017

Join us during the Elgin Cool Wine & Country Food Festival 2017 and enjoy free tastings, delicious sushi and great family fun on our organic & biodynamic farm!

FREE TASTINGS
• Sauvignon Blanc 2014
• Sauvignon Blanc 2015
• Pinot Noir 2013

SUSHI
• Enjoy a delicious sushi platter and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc for R150

ENTERTAINMENT
• Enjoy being on our biodynamic and organic wine estate and catch a glimpse of our Percheron horse – Maddox – who ploughs our vineyards in winter. Keep an eye out for our sheep, cattle, ducks and chickens, too!
• Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic and enjoy a bottle of Elgin Ridge wine amongst the vines or around the dam in one of our picnic spots (tables and umbrellas provided).

Bookings for sushi and picnic spots are essential. Please contact us on marion@elginridge.com to book!

 

Preview of Chaos White

We’re incredibly proud to announce the launch of our Chaos White (60% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon), a brand new addition to our range of certified organic wines:

“Chaos White is the expression of the freshness of fruit for which cool climate Elgin wines are known, paired with winemaking techniques – stepping away from the norm – to showcase the versatility of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon,” says our winemaker Kosie.

Guests at our Elgin Cool Wine & Country Food Festival 2017 will be amongst the very first to taste this new release, which we’ll officially launch at our Tasting Room during the festival on 29 and 30 April.