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Ernie Els Wines

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As one of South Africa’s most recognizable faces in sport and a leading ambassador for the country, Ernie Els has shown what can be achieved through sheer hard work and a passion for excellence. His commitment, discipline and focus have led to exceptional golfing success, and these same key factors are now evident in his premium wines. 

It was in 1999 that the idea of Ernie Els Wines was first born, and in 2000, Ernie together with award-winning winemaker Louis Strydom created the maiden vintage, a ‘classic’ Bordeaux blend. The marketing synergy between Els’s ‘classic’ golf swing and the wine worked perfectly. From the outset, Ernie Els Wines focused on delivering a premium product that would hold its own amongst the world’s finest wines.

Ernie’s dream of owning vineyards and a winery finally came true in 2004 when the Ernie Els winery was established on a beautiful 72 hectare property located within Stellenbosch’s infamous ‘Golden Triangle’ on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain. The location couldn’t be better as all the previous Ernie Els Signature blends had been produced from vineyards on these slopes.

Most of the vineyards are ideally placed to receive optimal sunlight facing north, with rows set out in an east-westerly direction. The Cape’s Mediterranean climate, known for its hot summer days, cooling Atlantic sea breezes and approximate 650 mm rainfall per annum help to extend the grape’s ripening period, which in turn produce rich wines with warmer fruit flavours. The soils are rich in clay and oak-leaf particles with lots of granite. Ernie Els Wines grows six varietals including Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz.

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