OAK VALLEY – OUR STORY
Oak Valley Estate is an iconic fifth generation family farm, founded by Sir Antonie Viljoen in 1898, situated in the cool climate Elgin Valley.
Sir Antonie was a farmer extraordinaire. Amongst his many achievements was the establishment of the first commercial apple orchards, which remain the economic backbone of the region today. In 1908, he built the first wine cellar in Elgin using novel cold fermentation techniques.
Towering above our vineyard is the Groenlandberg mountain with its highest peak of 1,181m. The altitude, south-easterly sea breezes, cloud cover and cold winters make Oak Valley one of the top Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producers in the country. These cool growing conditions allow for the gradual ripening of grapes, creating wines of delicacy, freshness, persistent flavours and balance.
Now home to The Melting Pot restaurant, set alongside a turquoise pool, enjoy a flavour packed, global food experience for a culinary trip around the world.
For those with a sense of adventure, Oak Valley has some of South Africa’s most celebrated mountain biking terrain, taking riders through forests of ancient oaks, vineyards, fruit orchards and across open pastures. It’s a world class cycling experience.