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The Golden Delicious and Granny Smith orchards have been replaced by
plantings of Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec and Pinot Noir, changing the face of
the farm entirely.
Whilst there are a total of 9.6 hectares planted, there remains arable land
for a further six hectares to be planted. In the meantime while the choice
of future of cultivar plantings 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 Mark
(recently graduated as a winemaker from Elsenberg Agricultural College,
Stellenbosch) and Bobby (now enrolled at Elsenburg) is acknowledged on the
farm signboard which they insisted bear their names!!
Paul and Nicky have recently completed some extensive renovations to their
farm. One labourer's cottage has been converted into a charming tasting room
which is open every Saturday from 10 am - 4pm. If there is rugby at Newlands
they may close a tad early and head on through to watch the match. If the
Province game is away you are welcome to watch it on the DsTV screen in
their tasting room. The tasting is open any time during the week, Sundays or
Public Holidays by prior arrangement.
They have also renovated some existing buildings into a home for themselves
and after a 12 year journey are now proudly living on their own farm, in a
home with unparalleled views, surrounded by vineyard, water and abundant