Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Elgin Wine Route
Traditionally an apple-growing region, the Elgin valley lies, embraced by the Hottentots Holland Mountains, 45 minutes’ drive from Cape Town in the Cape Overberg.
Where? Cape Overberg, Western Cape
When? See individual wine estates for their opening times
Contact? Elgin Valley Wine Guild on +27 (0)71 267-9785
Overnight? See Elgin accommodation, in Cape Overberg
The Elgin Valley is exquisite, with long stretches of forest and endless mountain peaks surrounding fruit orchards, and indeed Elgin is part of the Four Passes Fruit Route.
The wines that have begun production here are predominantly fruity, and Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Shiraz do particularly well. Elgin is regarded as a cool climate terroir, which means that grapes grown here potentially ripen slowly.
The Elgin Valley includes Thandi Wines, a successful empowerment project that is producing wines of exceptional quality, the methods of which have been so successful that the project is being studied by international observers.
For additional information about Elgin, attractions, things to do and events and festivals see Elgin Information & Attractions or, to view the wine estates on the Elgin Valley, see Elgin Valley Wine Estates.
Other Popular Attractions in the Elgin Valley
Elgin Wine Estates
The fertility of the soil and the cool climate here means that this area is ideal for other fruit orchards, vineyards and even olive groves. Spend a day exploring these various farms and sampling the delectable produce for an authentic...
More info and contact details: Elgin Wine Estates
Green Mountain Eco Route
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Hottentots Holland Reserve
Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve lies in the Hottentots Holland mountains, some 90 km south east of Cape Town. The 42,000 ha Reserve stretches from Elgin in the south to beyond Villiersdorp in the north, and from the Stellenbosch mountains...
More info and contact details: Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve