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Elgin

The Elgin Valley is fast making a name for itself in the wine world. Historically known for its apple and pear production, recent decades have seen a number of orchards being turned to vineyards by passionate winemakers who have recognised Elgin’s uniquely cool climate as the perfect environment to create distinctive, characterful wines.

The wine route offers scenic drives through Elgin’s picturesque Overberg valley. Expect a warm embrace from this friendly community where you can enjoy intimate wine tastings whilst taking in spectacular vistas over vineyards and valleys.

Every wine farm in the Elgin Valley is family owned. Visitors are often treated to wine tastings conducted by the owner or wine maker themselves making this wine route a true gem.

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Experience

Visitors to rural Elgin will be instantly charmed by its unassuming beauty. Nestled just off the N2 highway, the area is an outdoor adventurer’s playground with hiking routes through the rugged Boland mountains and world-class mountain biking trails. 

Adrenalin junkies love to visit the Cape Canopy Tour zipline in the Hottentots Holland Nature reserve and there are a variety of tranquil getaways where less active visitors can kick back and reconnect with nature. 

Food lovers have a good selection of restaurants and farm stalls to choose from and, as well as the array of wine farms to visit, there are also a number of craft cider producers. Elgin is just an hour’s drive east of Cape Town and is perfect for a picturesque day trip or relaxing country getaway.

Wineries

Come and discover the wine farms of the Elgin Valley. Each has their own approach to wine making and unique story to tell. Some are steeped in history and housed in classic farm steads, others can be found in contemporary architectural builds with magical vistas stretching across the valley. 

Elgin is known for its cool-climate wines, many having received both local and international recognition. It boasts a wealth of elegant white wines as well as many exquisite reds. The majority of the wine farms in Elgin keep regular opening hours and do not require an appointment.

Almenkerk

Tuesday to Sunday from 10h00-16h00 (Summer)
Tuesday to Saturday from 10h00-16h00 (Winter)

 Arumdale

Monday to Friday from 10h00-16h00
Saturdays from 10h00-16h00
Sundays from 10h00-15h00

Charles Fox

Monday to Friday from 11h00-16h00
Saturday and Sunday from 10h00-16h00

Elgin Ridge

Monday to Saturday from 10h00-16h00
Sundays from 10h00-14h00

Elgin Vintners

Monday to Friday from 10h00-16h00
Weekends by appointment

Hannay

By appointment only

Highlands Road

Monday to Sunday from 10h00-16h00

IONA

Monday to Friday from 09h00-17h00
Weekends by appointment

Lothian

By appointment only

Oak Valley

Monday to Friday from 09h00-17h00
Saturdays and Sundays from 10h00-16h00

Oneiric

Tuesday to Sunday from 10h00-16h00

Paul Cluver

Monday to Friday from 09h00-16h00
Saturday and Sundays from 10h00-14h00
Closed on Sundays in July

Paul Wallace

Saturdays from 10h30-16h30
Sunday to Friday and Public Holidays by appointment

Shannon

By appointment, weekdays only from 10h00 till 13h00

South Hill

Monday to Sunday from 09h00-16h00

Restaurants

A number of the wine farms on the Elgin Wine Route have top-notch restaurants onsite and most pride themselves on sourcing local produce where possible. As well as these restaurants the area boasts some fantastic farm stalls offering delicious country fare. There is also a Texan-style smokehouse and the Elgin Railway Market which hosts a tantalising range of cuisines all under one, art-deco-inspired roof.

Click here to browse the full range of options. 

Accommodation

From cosy self-catering cottages to rustic farm stays, mountain bike hotels to quirky trailers, guesthouses to glamping, the Elgin Valley has a wide choice of accommodation to suit everyone’s tastes and is perfect for those looking for a country getaway.

Click here to browse the full range of options. 

Things To Do

Escape to Elgin and enjoy South African country life at its best.

For the food and wine lovers:

  • Take a trip down our wine route
  • Visit the Elgin Railway Market – you can even arrive by steam train!
  • Check out the local produce at our farm stalls
  • Experience fine-dining at one of the winery restaurants
  • Pick your own fruit and veg at Terra Madre farm

For the outdoor lovers:

  • Hike in the nature reserve
  • Mountain bike or trail run on some of the best trails in the Western Cape
  • Go ziplining through the mountains with Cape Canopy Tour
  • Take to the water in a zorb, SUP or a kayak
  • Hop on a quad-bike
  • Picnic in the vineyards

Contact us at info@elginwine.co.za for more information. 

Events

The Elgin Wine Route hosts two popular events annually: The Elgin Cool Wine & Country Food Festival at the end of April and the Elgin Chardonnay Colloquium early in October.

As well as these wine-related events the area hosts a popular Open Gardens in the spring time regular mountain-biking and trail running events. It is a popular choice for rustic weddings and those who want to escape the city for a conference or team-building workshop.

View Elgin Wine's full event calendar here

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