Every farm in the Elgin Valley is family-owned and run, adding real authenticity to this smaller wine destination. More often than not, visitors will end up enjoying wine tastings conducted by the owner or the winemaker – a real treat!
Elgin is officially the cool wine-growing region in the Western Cape, and if you can ask any of the winemakers here, they will tell you: cool-climate wines just taste better!
The Elgin Valley is predominately a fruit-growing region first, with apples being a far more lucrative crop for this area. However, it’s the passion of the grape growers of Elgin that drive them to deliver quality wines.
Despite only producing just over 1% of all the wine made in South Africa, Elgin wines are always well represented on any respectable restaurant’s wine list. Such representation speaks to the quality of what is produced in the region.Contact Us
The rural area of Elgin provides opportunities for hiking and biking and exploring the valley.
Visit the annual Elgin Cool Wine & Country Food Festival at the end of April, or join the Elgin Chardonnay Colloquium early in October.
The wine farms on the Elgin Wine Route offer a variety of on-site restaurants, and most pride themselves on sourcing only local produce where possible. Choices include Fresh at Paul Cluver, The Café at Highlands Road Estate, South Hill Vineyards and The Pool Room at Oak Valley.
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The beautiful Elgin Valley, just off the N2, rewards wine lovers taking a meandering trip off the beaten track. Accommodation includes Belfield self-catering cottages, Elgin Ridge House, Elgin Vintners Manor House, Oak Valley 1902 Cottage, Paul Wallace Wines guest cottages and South Hill Guesthouse and Pumphouse Honeymoon Cottage.
Further afield, visitors can choose from self-catering and farmstay offerings.
Tourist attractions in the area include hiking in the nature reserves that surround the town, as well as the many farm stalls, restaurants and wine farms. The town and surrounds are also a popular holiday and wedding destination.
Things To See And Do
- Wine tasting
- Mountain biking
- Canopy tours
- Cider tasting
- Weekend getaways
- Very popular wedding destination
- Open-water swimming
Elgin is making a name for itself as a cool-climate wine producer, with an emphasis on fresh white wines and modern winemaking techniques. Visit each farm individually, or try the Elgin Vintners, a partnership of six local grape growers.
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