Region | CAPE SOUTH COAST • District | ELGIN
Oak Valley Estate is a 5th generation family farm owned by the Rawbone-Viljoen family since 1898 when the property was purchased by Sir Antonie Viljoen. In 1902, Antonie planted the first Semillon and Cinsault and in 1908 he built the first wine cellar in Elgin.
With vineyards 500m above sea level, the high altitude, cool south-easterly winds, cloud cover and cold winters make Elgin the coolest wine region in South Africa. This cool climate allows for the gradual ripening of grapes, creating wines of delicacy, freshness, flavour and balance.
Towering above our vineyard is the Groenlandberg mountain with its highest peak of 1,181m. The Groenlandberg slows down ripening even further by casting its shadow over the vines and directing cold air down the valley at night.
Our mission at Oak Valley is to produce world-class cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that speak to our unique terroir.