Oak Valley


History:

Oak Valley Estate was founded in 1898 by Sir Antonie Viljoen, a medical doctor who graduated from Edinburgh University in Scotland.

Sir Antonie became a Senator in the Cape Parliament and was knighted by King George in 1916 for his efforts to reconcile the Boers and Brits in the bitter aftermath of the Boer War.

Sir Antonie was a farmer extraordinaire and amongst his many farming achievements was the establishment of the first commercial apple orchards in the Elgin Valley. The apple industry remains the economic backbone of the region today.

Well over a century has passed since the pioneering accomplishments of Sir Antonie and today Oak Valley lies in the heart of the Elgin Valley, renowned for its apples and pears, its greenhouse cut-flowers, and for the production of its outstanding cool climate wines.

 

Wine:

Our wine tasting room is situated in the Pool Room.

Week day hours are Mon- Friday 09:00- 17:00

Weekend: Sat & Sun 10:00- 16:00 (currently closed on weekends until further notice)

 

Wine Tasting: 4 wines at R40 pp.

 

We have 3 tiers of wine on offer to purchase:

 

Discovery Range:

Fountain of Youth Sauvignon Blanc, Stone& Steel Riesling, Beneath the Clouds Chardonnay and Sounds of Silence Pinot Noir.

 

Our Discovery Range offers uncompromising quality and accessibility for all wine lovers. Here, purity of fruit is key. Each label is hand-drawn, with its own unique story, borrowed from the annals of Oak Valley’s rich history.

 

Groenlandberg Range:

Groenlandberg Chardonnay and Groenlandberg Pinot Noir.

Towering above our mountain vineyard is the Groenlandberg, with its highest peak of 1,181m, higher than Table Mountain. The Groenlandberg has a major influence on fruit development by casting its shadow over the vines and directing cold air down the valley at night.

This range embodies our vision to create Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that speaks to this unique site. Focused exclusively on fruit from these mountain vines, the Groenlandberg range has its own character and we’re only beginning to understand its potential.

 

Tabula Rasa:

Tabula Rasa CY95 Chardonnay, Tabula Rasa CY548 Chardonnay, Tabula Rasa Pinot Noir PN115 and Tabula Rasa Pinot Noir PN114

 

The Latin phrase for ‘Clean Slate.’

The concept stems from our imaginary view of Oak Valley as an appellation within the Elgin plateau and our search for new sites that produce exceptional wines. TABULA RASA is single-minded, single vineyard and single clone. With grapes sourced from a handful of vines within a block, focused exclusively on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Our mission is to create wines from a blank canvas that represent the ultimate expression of our terroir.

Restaurant:

Our restaurant is currently closed until further notice.

 

Accommodation:

We have one cottage on the farm for leisure stay. Only sleeps 2. Not child-friendly.

1902 is a beautiful 1-bedroom self-catering historic farm cottage with a downstairs open plan kitchen, large fireplace, lounge, and braai area. One large loft, King bedroom (all linen supplied), and en suite bathroom.

R1350 per night (week day)

R1450 per night (weekend)

 

MTB:

R50 day permit | R500 annual permit

 

Our trails were pioneered by legend Pieter Visser who designed the routes to accommodate all skill levels. From the Racing Snake, Strava Hunter, Trail Blazer to the Weekend Warrior riding with his family, there is something here for every rider. There is a kids trail.

Riders pass through beautiful natural scenery, forests of ancient oaks, vineyards, fruit orchards, across cattle pastures, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Groenlandberg mountains. It is a world class 5-star experience

Oak Valley is known for its groomed single track .Discover our famous sections, Vissie’s Magic, Stone & Steel, Fountain of Youth, Sounds of Silence, Groendlandberg Stairway, Harrier Hawk, Raging Baboon, JK’s Edge and Wonderland to name a few.

The trail consists of a short blue route and a longer red route. The red route links to several black loops which cater for more advanced riders.

Oak Valley also plays host to major MTB events such as the Absa Cape Epic and FNB Wines2Whales.

 

Discovery Café:

New addition to Oak Valley.

Open on weekends. Situated across from the MTB parking lot. Serves coffee, water and biltong sourced from Oak Valley meat.

R321, Oak Avenue, Grabouw
Western Cape, South Africa
 
T.  +27 21 859 4110
E.   wines@oak-valley.co.za
W.   oakvalley.co.za
 

TASTING TIMES

Monday to Friday from 09h00-17h00
Saturdays and Sundays from 10h00-16h00