The Elim Wine Route
Just the word Elim, meaning ‘place of God’, gives visitors an insight into the youngest wine-growing region in South Africa. With its windswept, wild beauty and vast blue skies, the Elim Wine Route is hugged by two oceans, the icy Atlantic and the warm Indian. This interesting geographical location has resulted in the area becoming one of the most closely watched, wine-producing regions in the world, an off-the-beaten-track experience for adventurous wine exploration.
Here winemakers craft their vintages under difficult climatic conditions, resulting in unique and one-of-a-kind flavours. The Sauvignon Blanc of this area is already world-wide acclaimed, and the wine estates are garnering attention for their Shiraz and Semillon varieties. In general, the wines have a full palate, are crisp and minerally, and have lots of concentrated fruit, with an excellent finish.
The quaint village of Elim, around which a number of estates are clustered, was established in 1824 by German missionaries as a Moravian mission station. Chosen because of its proximity to water and its suitability for planting vines to produce communion wine, the missionaries also taught the villagers a variety of trades and skills. Many years on, Elim’s thatchers continue to be renowned for their craftsmanship.