Just 70km from Cape Town, Elgin Valley is rapidly gaining a reputation as the origin of some of the most premium quality wines. Traditionally, an apple growing area, winters are cold and abundant with rain, whilst the summer brings a cool south-easterly breeze from the Atlantic Ocean just kilometers away.
With Elgin Valley completely surrounded by mountains, vineyards are typically planted at high altitudes at 400m or more above sea level. Wines from this area tend to be described as fresh, pure, fruity, light and easy to drink, whilst still having all the fundamentals of a premium wine - a unique combination of attributes that makes Elgin Valley wines distinctly recognisable.
Look out for Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Merlot, as they do particularly well in this late-ripening region.