The owner of Highlands Road, Michael White, often jokes, when asked how it was that a Port Elizabeth attorney got to develop a wine estate from a run-down apple farm in cool climate Elgin, that it was a hobby that somehow got completely out of control.
Having acquired the 26ha fruit farm in 2004, transformation commenced virtually immediately with vines being planted and then a production and barrel cellar, tasting room, and casual café with decks alongside the main dam being built in 2006 in time for the 2007 maiden vintage.
In keeping with its philosophy of making top-end wine at realistic prices, Highlands Road Wines now produces a premium quality range of different Sauvignon Blancs, Semillon, a White Bordeaux-style blend, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah – all embracing the elegant, cool climate, fresh, fruit and minerality driven character so typical of Elgin, the coolest wine region in South Africa.
The creative, thorough and precise efforts of winemaker Vanessa Simkiss along with cellar team of Jakob September and Freddie Gertze are self-evident, not only in the product in bottle itself, but also in the consistent high ratings and awards received across the range, and from year to year --- hopefully to continue even higher.
What with the names Elgin and Highlands Road, and Michael’s Scottish ancestry, it seemed a no-brainer that the brand imagery pay due homage and so the estate’s colours incorporate those of the flag, a Celtic love knot has found its way onto the bottle closure and label, a Celtic-type symbol around a vine leaf was designed as the logo and, as far as can be established, Highlands Road is the only wine farm in the world with its own registered tartan --- with kilts often being the order of the day at shows.
As we enter a brave new world of wine tourism redefined, one in which maybe there won’t be as many actual visits as before for a while, we thank you for visiting our virtual wine estate – enjoy your time with us, and hopefully you’ll leave with some of our delicious wine on its way to you.