Elgin has recently been reclassified as a district (demarcated viticultural area) in the Cape South Coast region of South Africa’s Western Cape. Elgin is surrounded by mountains, and thus there are distinct delimitations topographically as to where the region starts and finishes.
The Elgin Valley is situated on an inland, hexagonal-shaped plateau, at an altitude of 300 metres, surrounded by mountains, only 10km from the Atlantic Ocean.
Within the district of Elgin there are a number of wards and sub-wards that can be identified prior to single vineyard pinpointing. These include areas around the Palmiet River, the areas south towards the southern Kloof, the areas buttressed either side of the N2, and areas to the East and West of Grabouw.
Essentially, the Elgin district is an undulating landscape presenting perfect opportunities for vineyard site selection.Still a young wine region, Elgin will, over the ensuing months and years, undertake a more comprehensive understanding.