In Their Words
Neil Ellis History & Location
In 1984 Neil Ellis sourced grapes from vineyards not of his own and produced wine in rented cellar space. These grapes were sourced in the Stellenbosch district and meant a lot of nosing around the restrictive quota system prevalent at the time.
Wines vary greatly in their soil, climatic and topographical requirements. No single vineyard can satisfy the needs of all grape varieties, so here at Neil Ellis we select vineyards where individual varieties excel, best expressing a particular style of wine reflective of their environment.
Our vision remains to make distinctive, refined wines that are expressive of their terrain and rank amongst South Africa’s finest. A pursuit of quality, nothing less. Our vineyard sites include those in Stellenbosch, Groenekoof, Elgin and Piekenierskloof – affording us different altitudes, climate and soil types, yielding expressive, terroir-driven fruit.
Growing outstanding grapes, working with the best growers and applying minimal intervention to make exciting wines with a strong sense of place is the core philosophy of Neil Ellis Wines. We invite you to come and taste our wines in our Stellenbosch Tasting Room, just 5 minutes drive from the centre of the historic town.
Neil Ellis Operating Hours
Wine Tasting: open Mon to Fri 10am-4.30pm, Sat & Public Holidays 10am-5pm (last tasting 30 mins prior).
Closed on Sundays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday. 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.
Neil Ellis Wine Tasting
Two distinct styles underpin our winemaking philosophy. Our single vineyard and single block vines are celebrated for their distinctive site and sense of place, whilst our wines sourced from wards and districts elsewhere represent the best of what that region can offer. We offer unique wine tastings of site-selected and single vineyard wines, with optional food platters to elevate your wine experience, served either inside our Tasting Room or outside on our terrace.
Wine Tasting Prices
Our Exclusive Tasting includes 2 unique and exclusive wines: Webb Ellis and Op sy moer, priced at R50 per wine. Our Site-Specific Tasting includes 5 vineyard designate wines from our 4 primary vineyard sites, priced at R80pp. Finally our Premium Tasting includes 5 samples of our heavily awarded distinctive premium wines, for R50pp.
Cheese and charcuterie platters are priced from R260.
Neil Ellis Restaurants
Please note there is no restaurant at Neil Ellis, however the town of Stellenbosch is approximately 5 minutes’ drive away.
Neil Ellis Tours & Activities
Neil Ellis do not currently offer cellar or vineyard tours.
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