Renovations at Ernie Els
After the 18th harvest of Ernie Els Wines the winery has announced that they will commence some eagerly anticipated renovations on 1st July 2018. Due to these extensive renovations, the cellar and tasting room will be closed from 22nd June 2018 and will re-open in October 2019.
“For the past 18 years we have been focused on producing refined red wines which really showcase what the Helderberg and our particular terroir has to offer. Every year we make small changes in our vineyards and winemaking techniques in our quest to always improve and now the time has come for us to make the big changes in the cellar”, says Louis Strydom, winemaker for all 18 vintages and MD for close to a decade.
“The cellar will actually reduce in size and allow us to really focus on our flagship wines, the Signature and Proprietors, and allow us to work with small micro batches of vineyard pockets. This is extremely exciting for me as it will allow us to really showcase the incredible work done in the vineyards and show what our terroir is capable of.”
As part of the project the team will also be overhauling the tasting room and adding a brand new 120 seat restaurant with breathtaking views over Stellenbosch to Lions Head and Table Mountain. “Wine will be the focus and the hero of the entire project so the restaurant and its offering will be created to celebrate and compliment the wines. We will create a vinothèque which will showcase a full library of all of our vintages and you can expect to see several vintages of wines available to enjoy with your meal.”
Fans of Ernie Els wines, rest assured that it will be business as usual while the renovations take place!