Elgin, which is about an hours drive from Cape Town across Sir Lowry's Pass is considered one of the coolest wine growing areas in the Cape. This is partly due to its higher altitude and it is also close to the sea. However, the same 'table cloth' of cloud that frequently covers Table Mountain can also cover the Elgin vineyards cooling them further. The result here from the slower ripening grapes is considerable depth of flavours with minerality and an overall balance and elegance. Several vineyards are based here while others wineries, based in warmer Stellenbosch, are planting now in this cooler climate.

About Kinnegar

Kinnegar Wines was born almost by accident and been growing organically since.

In 1998, I was in the midde of a two year diploma course with the London Wine & Spirits Trust when an opportunity came up to visit South Africa's Western Cape. Naturally, I was keen to avail of the opportunity to learn more about viticulture and winemaking in South Africa.

We had an excellent guide who brought us to a number of the Cape's leading estates including Thelema and De Trafford where we had in depth vineyard and cellars tours. At the end of the day, I wanted to take back some of the wonderful wines we had tasted for our own use. It was not possible to take two or three cases of wine with us on our flight and shipping such a small quantity was more than the cost of wines. So I had the mad idea of shipping a pallet! Clearly, I had to start selling these wines and so began Kinnegar Wines. Ashford Castle took many of the wines and continue to list them and newer arrivals ever since.

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