Paul and Nicky Wallace purchased their 25-hectare farm in September 2003 and immediately set out to create their own little piece of heaven. Paul is a viticultural consultant and here, at last, he could practise what he has advised and encouraged other farmers to do in their vineyards.
It has long been Paul’s belief that the cool-climate region of Elgin, previously best known for its apples and pears, is one of the most exciting developing wine regions within the South African wine industry and indeed internationally.
The Golden Delicious and Granny Smit orchards have been replaced by plantings of Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and a small pocket of Cabernet Franc, changing the face of the farm entirely, taking our planted area up to 12 hectares. While what we plant on the remaining four hectares of arable land is still hotly debated at the dinner table, cattle graze peacefully on the rolling pastures.
The whole family are very much involved in whatever vineyard activity needs to be done, from tipping vines, clearing alien vegetation as well as the training and trellising of young vines. The contribution of both sons, Mark (Winemaker at Oneiric) and Bobby (Assistant winemaker with Iona) are acknowledged on the farm signboard which they insist bear their names!