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Wine

Tri Active Events Management is surrounded by wine estates, apple and pear orchards, mountains and conservancy areas - a truly
wonderful place to be based in the heart of this cool-climate wine production area.

Oak Valley
Oak Valley was founded in 1898 by Sir Antonie Viljoen who was the first to establish commercial apple and pear orchards (1900) and the first to build a winery in Elgin (1908). It comprises 1786 hectares of diversified farming activities including wine (40 ha), cut flowers (12 ha), apple and pear production (350 ha) and beef cattle on sub-clover / grass pastures (580 ha).

There are over 4000 oak trees on the property, covering 30 hectares, hence the name. Oak Valley, with 40 hectares currently planted to vines, presently has a highly acclaimed Platter 4 ½ Star Sauvignon Blanc on the market together with the Platter 4 star Oak Valley Blend and a Platter 4 ½ star barrel-fermented Chardonnay to follow in mid-2006; a Pinot Noir is being made in limited quantities with the 2005 vintage being awarded 4 stars in Platter.

Oak Valley also has the benefit of approximately 500 hectares of pristine mountain fynbos and was the 7th accredited member of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative.

Open for tasting weekdays 08h30 to 17h00. Saturdays 10h00 to 14h00.

 


 

Paul Cluver

In the mid-1980s, the Elgin area was identified as a cool climate – a wine growing appellation which indicates the potential to provide slow-ripening grapes with delicate aromas and fruit character similar to that of Burgundy. Careful site selection and soil analysis led to the first plantings of noble varietals in 1986.

Originally planted with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer and Weisser Riesling, the early 1990s saw the augmentation of a new clone Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. Mindful of the management of quality needed from vineyard to bottle, a small, made-to-measure cellar was erected with the emphasis on hand-crafted, premium quality wines. The Paul Cluver cellar was the first to be established in the Elgin appellation.

Paul Cluver Wines are situated on De Rust, one of the largest and oldest estates on the Elgin Plateau. The farm was originally bought by Dr Cluver’s great grandfather to provide summer grazing for their livestock.

The Estate falls within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve where conservation and sustainable use of natural resources are pursued with the ultimate goal of balance and harmony between man and nature.

The open air amphitheatre with towering eucalyptus trees is home to the summer concerts. Join us for a day of fun participating in some of the activities offered at the Tri Active Lodge followed by an evening at the concert with a scrumptious picnic basket from Tri Active’s catering division.
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Wine Tasting and Sales:
Mon to Thurs: 09h00 to 17h00
Fri: 09h00 to 16h00
Sat and Public Holidays: 09h00 to 15h00 (Sept – Apr); 10h00 to 14h00 (May to Aug)
Closed Easter Fri/Mon; 25 Dec and 1 Jan

 


 

Beaumont Wine

Since purchasing the farm in the early 1970s, Raoul and Jayne Beaumont had developed a family-run winery producing a range of quality wines that reflect the individuality of this environment. Vineyards were planted on ancient shale soils and the old wine cellar with its antique machinery was revived – but this was only a part of the larger conservation of the great historical and natural heritage of the farm. With only 34 hectares under vines, the vast majority of the remaining 400 hectares consists of pristine, fynbos-rich mountainside which forms part of the Groenlandberg Conservancy Area of which the Beaumonts were founder members.

Lying at the foot of this large mountain range, the farm is home to much indigenous flora and fauna, and the Beaumonts have actively protected this natural heritage – even the extremely venomous puff adders occasionally found in the garden are gently relocated to the mountainside.

Trading hours:
Monday to Friday: 09h30 to 16h00
Saturday: 10h00 to 15h00
Closed on public holidays

 


 

Luddite

Owner/winemaker Niels Verburg intends to develop Botriver into serious wine country. It was established in 1999 with the sole aim of making world-class Shiraz. Luddite is situated on the eastern slopes of the Houw Hoek mountains 1.5km from the village of Botriver.

Measuring 17 hectares, currently 5.3 hectares are planted to Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mouverdre, the bulk being Shiraz. The vineyard produced its first crop in 2004 but has finally come into full production with the 2007 vintage. The farm is a family run affair with neighbours and friends roped in to do the actual picking. The current vintage on offer is the 2004. This is in keeping with Niel’s philosophy of one year in barrel and one in bottle before releasing his wines.

Wine Tasting by appointment only.

South Hill Venue & Restaurant
South Hill, on the cool mountain plateau of the Elgin has, since 2001, been transformed from a neglected apple and pear producer to an exclusive boutique wine farm with 28ha under vine.

South Hill, The Vineyards, Venue and Restaurant combine a relaxed country atmosphere with uncompromised luxury and elegance which is evident in our accommodation and world class function venue, the hottest new venue for couples seeking a special country wedding.

Come and enjoy a memorable gastronomic experience paired with our award winning Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Rose wines, all less than an hours drive from Cape Town.

Open for tasting Monday to Friday 09h00 to 17h00,
Weekends 11h00 to 15h00.
Restaurant open Tuesday to Sunday 12h00 to 15h00. Dinner by appointment only.

 


 

Elgin Vintners

The Elgin Vintners is a partnership of 6 dedicated grape growers who, believing in the excellence of the Elgin terroir and diversity of their vineyards, have combined their resources to cultivate, produce and market their range of fine quality wines in the Elgin Valley.

The advantage they have over individual producers is that their grapes can be specifically cultivated and selected from a variety of different terroirs, custom vinified and blended to produce wines of superior quality, which can be varied to meet the demands of the consumer. Each member of the Elgin Vintners team brings a unique expertise to the partnership but it is under the guidance of viticulturalist and wine guru, Paul Wallace, that the vineyards are tended to ensure wines of a standard which has resulted in the Elgin Vintners achieving awards both locally and overseas.

Open for tastings weekdays: 09h00 – 17h00 and by appointment on weekends and Public Holidays. You are welcome to bring your own picnic. Light meals served by special arrangement.

 


 

Goedvertrouw

Goedvertrouw Wine Estate is no ordinary home. It is a place of handcrafted wines, homemade meals, an enchanted country garden and abundant birdlife.

Full of life, yet peaceful and soulful, it takes on the character of its owner. A real working farm, Elrieda Pillman continues to live out the dream her and late husband, Arthur shared. The house in which Elrieda now resides at Goedvertrouw, was originally built in 1820, making it one of the oldest houses in the area. The old bell in front of their home was used to summons the slaves on the farm in the first half of the 19th century and to signal the arrival of the train from Cape Town, which would transport vegetables grown in the area to Cape Town. The Goedvertrouw property also has an old graveyard of early settlers to this part of the Cape. What Elrieda today uses as a wine cellar still has the original“skietgatte” used during World War II. Elrieda lovingly handcrafts four cultivars from the skilfully fashioned Pinot Noir to the wildly experimental Pardoemps – a blend of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage.

Situated on the Van der Stel Pass between Botriver and Villiersdorp, this magical world of flowers and birds surrounds the old homestead and affords a view down the valley gazing over the geese in the pond, the hand-reared lambs, piglets and cattle.
Make sure you stay for one of Elrieda’s homemade meals whether it is for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In summer you will be served on the stoep and after hours of eating, drinking and being mesmerised you’ll struggle to leave, which is okay as there are three double-bed en-suite rooms in the house. In winter you will be seated cosily in the tasting room or in the homestead’s lounge alongside the fireplace.

Full of grace and wisdom, underneath is a hard-working woman who is always ready to jump in and milk the cows or drive the tractor herself when need be.