Neil Ellis Wines
To make distinctive, refined wines that are expressive of their terroir and rank amongst South Africa’s finest.
There are four vineyards; Jonkershoek, Groenekloof, Piekenierskloof and Elgin.
Elgin is one of the Cape’s coolest viticultural areas with an average temperature of 20°C during the month of February. Our Elgin vineyards produce outstanding Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. A mere 10km from the ocean, this valley benefits from cold winters with abundant rainfall, followed by cool South Easterly sea breezes in the summer. The cool summers allow for a longer ripening period which produces grapes with concentration, fruit intensity and elegant tannins. The soils range from white mineral sandstone and quartz soils known as table mountain sandstone to deep red clay soils from the parent rocks of kouebokkeveld shale and koffieklip. The vines are trellised to a 7 wire Perold system helping with shoot positioning for optimal sun utilisation. Average altitude 300 metres.
Mindful that no single vineyard can satisfy the needs of all grape varieties, Neil Ellis set out to identify distinct terroir in which individual varieties will excel. He placed the emphasis not only on the environment but also on caring viticultural practices by a dedicated team of growers which extends through to the winemaking practices.
Today the journey of Neil Ellis Wines is not only of Neil Ellis anymore. After four decades of making wine, the next stage of the journey has begun with Neil’s son, Warren sharing responsibilities of winemaker and viticulturist in the pursuit of quality winemaking. Neil’s youngest son, Charl heads the financial team while his daughter Margot fulfils the role of brand manager.
The new winery and tasting room, built in 2010, houses the tasting room, administration and production facilities. The winery has its own crush pad, fermentation room, barrel maturation cellar as well as stabilisation and bottling facilities giving us full control of every aspect of the winemaking process.
Our Environmental Practices
The team at Neil Ellis Wines believe in responsible environmental practices. We aim to respect the soil, cut water use, recycle and reduce energy use and greenhouse emissions. We are a member of the IPW, a voluntary environmental sustainability scheme, and comply to their regulations.