Outstanding Natural Wines of Authenticity
From the very beginning, our objective was to farm organically. This decision was championed by Marion right from the start, who was committed to farming in a way that is sustainable and truly reflective of the site. For Marion, organic was always the only option.
Today, Elgin Ridge is proudly certified biodynamic by Demeter (since 2016) and certified organic by ECOCERT (since 2012) and CERES, (since 2019). We are the only certified organic producer in the Elgin valley and one of just two certified biodynamic producers in the whole of South Africa.
Our vineyards are and have always have been completely untouched by chemicals. Vineyard manager Taurai Matunbwa knows each and every inch of our farm like the back of his hand. We have a hardworking team of animals who assist Taurai, who all play vital roles – from our Percheron horse Maddox (now enjoying his retirement) who helped with weeding and ploughing in the beginning, to our herd of Dexter cattle which provide us with nutrient-rich manure, Dorper sheep which keep the vineyards weed free, and free-roaming Peking ducks and chickens whose appetites keep snails and bugs at a minimum. We also produce all of our own biodynamic compost needs, rich in nutrients and teeming with living micro-organisms, which keeps our soils and vines in optimal condition.
In the cellar, our talented young winemaker Kosie van der Merwe – at the helm of our cellar since 2016 – follows a philosophy of minimal intervention, ensuring that the flavours and characteristics so carefully nurtured in the vineyard are showcased in the wines he produces. Natural yeasts and wild ferments are celebrated and we do not add any enzymes, cultured yeasts or acids during the winemaking process. Kosie is passionate about trying exciting new techniques and innovative approaches, and so unconventional winemaking styles, concrete eggs and even amphora can be found in our cellar.
2019 marks a decade of winemaking at Elgin Ridge and we’re both humbled by and proud of all that we’ve achieved in a relatively short space of time. All the care, passion and knowledge that we have invested into making our dream of creating outstanding natural wines a reality may explain why they receive such rave reviews, both in South Africa and on the world stage.
Our hope is that you enjoy drinking Elgin Ridge wines as much as we enjoy making them. Thank you for being part of our story.