Our Story: outstanding organic wines that reflect our passion

The Elgin Ridge Story

View from tasting roomYears ago, before Elgin Ridge was even a twinkle in their eyes, owners Brian and Marion Smith sold their successful IT business in London and decided that it was time to pursue a dream that they’d always shared – to make small quantities of outstanding wines which reflect their passion.

Thus began a search that took them to most of the wine-growing regions of Europe, but without finding “the perfect site”. They cast their gaze further afield and the journey led them to discover the Elgin valley in South Africa in April 2007. This tiny valley, with its unique terroir, natural beauty and undeniable character, captured their hearts – it was the perfect place to turn their dream into reality.

The site itself, a modest 10 hectare apple farm, was neglected and had remained fallow for many years, but showed great potential. Papers were signed, the Smiths readied themselves for the permanent move to South Africa and our very first vines – Sauvignon Blanc – were planted. Thus began the story of Elgin Ridge!