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The small town of Elim (meaning 'Place of God') was established in 1824 by missionaries, and vines planted to make sacramental wine. More than a century later, the replanted vineyards of the Agulhas Wine Route, en route to the southernmost tip of the continent at Cape Agulhas, are cooled by the salt-laden winds that blow off the sea, while the area's uniquely diverse soil types encourage distinctive mineral and flinty flavours in the fruit.

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Experience

The Agulhas Plain, home to the southernmost tip of Africa and the meeting place of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, is believed to have been formed more than 900 million years ago, once having been part of Antarctica.

Thousands of flora species flourish in this region characterised by outstretched sand plains, wetlands, gravelly bottomlands and extensive limestone and calcareous dunes. Until a few years ago, all of the wineries used to be agricultural or cattle and sheep farms. The wineries have achieved amazing success by experimenting with different blends, cultivars and flavours. The consistently cool, moderate climate between Walker Bay and Cape Agulhas and the mineral-rich soil have proven to be perfect for making a fine range of wines - especially Sauvignon Blancs.

The fishing village of Arniston is situated to the east and the ocean to the west of the Elim ward, an interesting geographical location that has resulted in the area becoming one of the most closely watched wine producing regions in the world.

Mountain biking, hiking, bird watching, game viewing, horse riding, fishing. Nearby Gansbaai is world-renowned for shark cage diving and some of the best boat and land-based whale watching in the world.

Wineries

A leisurely drive along the tarred R43 between the fishing Village of Gansbaai and Cape Agulhas takes you past the impressive wineries on the Agulhas Wine Route – Lomond Wine Estate, Zoetendal Winery, Quoin Rock, The Berrio, Black Oystercatcher, Ghost Corner and Strandveld Vineyards. All of these wineries offer wine-tasting, sales and tours by appointment and boast a variety of delicious red, white and rosé wines. 

The farms offer various options from light lunches to gourmet meals. Wedding and function venues are also available for hire.

Experience the peace and tranquillity of the Agulhas area with an overnight stay at one of our vineyards. Self-catering accommodation is offered at Strandveld Vineyards and Black Oystercatcher.

Things To Do

  • Gansbaai is home to the world famous Great White Shark cage diving adventures
  • Visit the Moravian Mission Church in Elim
  • Stand on the Southernmost tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas and climb to the top of the local lighthouse
  • Explore the shipwreck museum in Bredasdorp and walk the shipwreck trail along the coastline
  • Take a game drive in the Nuwejaars Wetland SMA
  • Go cycling at the Lomond and Black Oystercatcher wine farms
  • In a first for South Africa, go mountain biking in the dunes of De Kelders with Fatbike Tours, using specially modified mountain bikes
  • Join Eco-Adventures on a tour of the famous Drip Kelder Cave
  • Several of the wine farms offer walking or hiking trails

Events

The annual Elim Wine Festival is held early in November and is a fantastic way to taste all the exceptional cool climate wines from Elim and the surrounding wine regions.

The Funky Fynbos Festival that takes place in Gansbaai is a must-visit for adventure lovers with trial runs, mountain bike races and bass fishing, among other things, on offer over a full weekend in September. Bring the entire family because there are loads of fun to be had by the kids and local eateries pull out all the stops to come up with fynbos inspired menus.  

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