In 1984, Neil Ellis sourced grapes from vineyards not of his own and produced wine in rented cellar space. These grapes initially came from the Stellenbosch district. He then set out to identify distinct terroir in which individual varieties excel, placing emphasis also on viticulture practices. Fruit now hails from Jonkershoek, Elgin, Groenekloof and the Piekenierskloof. The family-run enterprise, which includes Warren Ellis as chief winemaker, Charl Ellis as commercial director and Margot Ellis as brand manager, has its winery on the Helshoogte Pass.