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Lothian Vineyards History & Location
In its opulent lakeside setting on the banks of the Palmiet River in the Elgin Valley, Lothian Vineyards shines in a class of its own.
Originally from Scotland, the Wilson family hail from three generations of Cape winemakers, having grown up on their grandmother’s Rust en Vrede vineyard in the 1950’s and 60’s. Years of searching for the perfect location finally revealed Elgin’s cool-climate terroir as an elegant setting for producing exceptional Burgundian-style Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Rosé varietals.
We are located less than an hour from Cape Town’s CBD and just 30 minutes’ drive from the International Airport. Our breathtaking setting is in a pristine part of the Elgin Valley, surrounded by fynbos-clad mountains and rolling green hills.
In addition to wine tasting, the estate also boasts the exclusive-use Lothian House, a 22,000 sq. ft architectural wonder featuring uninterrupted views of vineyards, orchards, the private lake, river and mesmerising Elgin valley. Naturally lending itself to a relaxing family retreat, adult escape or private event, Lothian House offers an extraordinary Cape Vineyard overnight experience.
Lothian Vineyards Operating Hours
Wine Tasting: open Mon to Fri 10am-3pm, on weekends by appointment only.
Guided Cellar Tours: available daily on request, however on weekends by appointment only.
All times, prices and facilities listed are subject to change. We recommend checking latest details directly with the farm and pre-booking experiences wherever possible, to avoid disappointment.
Lothian Vineyards Wine Tasting
Due to Elgin’s altitude and proximity to the cold Atlantic Ocean, the valley’s cool environment makes it the ideal home for varietals such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Rosé and Riesling – permitting a predominantly non-interventionist approach to wine making.
Wine tasting is usually undertaken in Lothian House or on the house deck, however should the house be booked then we offering tastings in our winery. We recommend calling ahead to check availability.
Wine Tasting Prices
Sample 6 of our wines for R200pp, of which the fee is waived on purchase of a case of wine. This also includes a cellar tour if requested, however please these note at weekends these are available by appointment only and must be pre-booked.
Lothian Vineyards Restaurants
Please note there is no restaurant at Lothian Vineyards, however options are approximately 10-15 minutes drive away. For guests staying in Lothian House, the accommodation provides self catering facilities include a full kitchen and braai facilities.
Lothian Vineyards Tours & Activities
Should you be interested in a cellar tour, these are available daily free of charge, however must be pre-booked at the weekends.
With its pristine lakeside setting, mountainous backdrop and stylish exclusive-use accommodation, Lothian Vineyards is particularly popular for weddings, events and conferences, offering a range of tailored experiences with state of the art facilities. Please contact the Estate for more information on packages including accommodation at Lothian House.
Lothian Vineyards Accommodation
Lothian House boasts uninterrupted vineyard, orchard, water and mountain views, with 6 exquisite bedrooms in the main house and 2 bedrooms in an exterior guest wing with its own kitchenette and lounge, allowing families or groups that little extra space.
Additional facilities include a full kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining spaces, a gym, swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, fire pit, bbq braai area, kids’ jungle gym and play lounge, fusball, air hockey, plus a helipad and access to wider activities on the estate. These include hikes and bird watching, picnics, fishing, water skiing, tubing, tennis and paint balling.
Please contact the Estate directly to discuss prices for Lothian House.
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