The Elgin wine valley is a region in the South Coastal region of South Africa known to be cool-climate with temperatures rarely venturing over 30 degrees C. The benefit of cooler climate vines is that the grape clusters stays connected to their roots for longer, thereby developing more characteristics and achieving ripeness more gradually with lower sugar and alcohol levels.
The Elgin wine region is nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains and in turn there are a complex of hills delivering different microclimates. This gives winemakers an interesting choice as even at one winery, there could be a different selection of microclimates to work with. Location is certainly key. When vineyards were first planted in Elgin, wineries didn’t believe it would be possible to ripen reds and so Sauvignon Blanc was a safe choice. Since then, it has become clear that it is in fact possible to grow quite a few varieties of vineyards in this region, it just depends on where you plant them.
While there are about 15 wineries in the Elgin valley, a 70km drive east of Cape Town, at Cybercellar we make it that much easier to get your hands on these wines. Savour the wines from Elgin by shopping our SHADES OF ELGIN category now.