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!

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

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

• 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% Sémillon), 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 Sémillon,” 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.

International Organic Day

World Organic day22 September 2016 is International Organic Day and, as the only certified organic wine estate in the Elgin valley, we at Elgin Ridge Wines will celebrate with an exciting competition just for you!

To enter, all you need to do is visit our Tasting Room between 1 and 22 September 2016, enjoy a tasting of our certified organic wines and complete an entry form during your tasting.

For a bonus entry, take a photo of your visit and share it with us on social media – and tag  @ElginRidgeWines and use #ElginRidgeWines as the hashtag!  By doing so, you’ll be entered into the draw to win an unforgettable organic Elgin experience worth over R4,000:

  • Two night stay for two guests at the Elgin Ridge private homestead, overlooking our vineyards and the Elgin valley. Watch our Percheron horse, sheep and cows grazing in the fields and ducks swimming in the dam from your verandah!
  • Lunch for two at the award-winning The Pool Room at Oak Valley, where Chef Gordon Manuel showcases the finest organic, farm-sourced produce on his seasonal menus
  • A mixed case (6 bottles) of certified organic wines from Elgin Ridge
  • Wine tasting for two at the Elgin Ridge Wines Tasting Room
  1. Terms & Conditions
    This competition is open to South African residents over 18 years of age.
  2. The competition runs from 1-22 September 2016. Entrants must complete an entry form either at the Elgin Ridge tasting room or at an in-store tasting to be entered into the draw.
  3. Entrants may receive one additional bonus entry per photo posted on social media.
  4. The prize is valid until 31 March 2017.

Pesticides banned in French Town

Interesting article from The Telegraph.co.uk

A small town surrounded by farms has become the first in France to ban the use of pesticides within 50 metres of homes as fears grow that they may be to blame for a rise in cancers and other illnesses.

The ban was introduced in Saint-Jean, near the southern city of Toulouse, after a long campaign by a doctor and deputy mayor, Gérard Bapt.

Read the full article, here

Elgin Cool Wine & Country Festival

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Join us at Elgin Ridge for Lunch of Elgin Free Range chicken casserole cooked by Marion, or warm root veggie salad, served with fresh bread, or rice, including a glass of Sauvignon Blanc for R 175.00

Booking is essential to secure your lunch. Please call 021 846 8060 or e-mail: info@elginridge.com

Sales of our certified organic Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc and our special 2011 vintage MCC, by the glass or bottle are also available with lunch.

EggAt the Tasting Room, tasting and sales of our organic wines and an opportunity to see our organic cellar and the newly installed Eggs used for our 2016 vintage, not to be confused with our chicken and ducks eggs !

Hopefully our chickens and ducks will have laid plenty of eggs and you can purchase our free range chicken and duck eggs.

Pesticides in Vineyards

An interesting article from Decanter, read the full article below

A potentially groundbreaking criminal investigation is set to be launched in France over claims that the death of a Bordeaux winemaker was caused by exposure to pesticides.

The first steps towards a criminal prosecution came after Valerie Murat filed legal action over the the death of her father, claiming ‘involuntary homicide’.

James-Bernard Murat, a winemaker in Pujols in the Entre deux Mers region of Bordeaux, died of lung cancer in 2012. He believed the disease was caused by his use of a pesticide to protect against vine trunk disease esca for more than 40 years.

Valerie Murat filed her case at the Tribunal de Grande Instance (High Court) in Paris, where a judge will hold an inquiry to assess culpability. A defendant has not been publicly named, described solely as ‘X’.

The case is more evidence that French officials are paying closer attention to the health effects of pesticide exposure among workers. The government recognised a link between pesticides and Parkinson’s disease in agricultural workers in 2012.

Murat sprayed three different pesticides containing the chemical sodium ar nite that is now banned as a cancer causing poison.

One year before his death, he won recognition that the cancer was officially ‘linked to his profession’, one of up to 40 winemakers in France who have received this.

Ms Murat said she wanted to ‘break the law of silence’ over the effects of pesticides.

France accounts for around of quarter of all pesticide use in Europe. Vineyards represent just 3% of agricultural land in France, but the wine industry accounts for 20% of phytosanitary product volumes, and 80% of fungicide use.

Paul François, president of the association Phyto-Victimes, said: ‘This is a step forward not just for the Murat family but for all those affected by the application of pesticides within their profession.’

There is a national plan to reduce pesticide use in French agriculture, called Ecophyto 2018.

Read more from Decanter

Biodynamic farming at Elgin Ridge Wine Estate

Cows contribute to our biodynamic farming in several ways; during winter they graze in the vineyards, thus keeping the weeds under control; and more importantly fertilising the soil with their manure, giving energy to the soil naturally.

Dexters at Biodynamic Elgin Ridge
Chad at 1 day old

Elgin Ridge has a growing heard of 70 Dexter cows; including 14 calves born at Elgin Ridge so far this year. Dexter are a natural miniature breed from Ireland.

We have planted 7 HA of pastures this year, and use a rotating grazing system with portable electric fencing; this way our cows graze in our nutrient-rich pastures ensuring they eat when they want, in the best pastures available, as mother nature intended.  We treat our cows kindly, allowing them to roam, and never over milk them. This leads to happy Dexters that produce beautiful marbled beef.

When our non breeding bulls are ready, we supply Andy Fenner at Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants, see ffmm.co.za with our Dexter beef for his selected customers.

Visit Elgin Ridge and see our special Dexter cattle