Nestled between Elim and Cape Agulhas, and just 9km from the sea, lies the secluded Strandveld Vineyards. This wind-swept winery derives its name from the belt of land which spans the tempestuous tip of Africa’s southernmost coastline. At almost 35 degrees below the equator, this part of the Cape is characterised by severe winds, billowing mist and below average temperatures. A unique combination of maritime climate, alternating sites and diverse soil types work together to create the terroir which distinguishes the wines of Strandveld Vineyards.
It is a unique and mysterious combination of extreme conditions and hardened landscapes that brings to life the distinct qualities and characters of Strandveld grapes. Constant gusts of Atlantic sea wind contribute to a relatively cooler climate in the Elim ward – and it is these same persistent cooling winds that aid in disease prevention by keeping the grapes dry, allowing for extended ripening periods and consequently keeping the yields low. The result? Small, intensely flavoured berries with great winemaking potential. The Strandveld Vineyards span 69 hectares of Cape Agulhas, with an approximate annual rainfall of 450 mm and colder average temperatures this cool climate lends itself to Sauvignon blanc as the dominant white varietal with smaller blocks of Semillon and Viognier. Red varietals include Shiraz and Pinot noir interspersed with pockets of Grenache and Mourvèdre.