Growing outstanding grapes, working with the best growers and applying minimal intervention to make exciting wines with a strong sense of place is the core philosophy of Neil Ellis Wines.
Two distinct styles underpin our winemaking philosophy. Our single vineyard and single block vines are celebrated for their distinctive site and sense of place and include Whitehall Chardonnay from Elgin and Klein Gustrouw in the Jonkershoek Valley. These contribute to exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay as well as old vine Grenache from Piekenierskloof.
Similarly, our wines are sourced from wards and districts that represent the best of what that region or sub-region can offer.
We are but custodians of this planet and responsible and sustainable practices form part of our core values. We aim to respect the soil, cut water use, recycle, and reduce energy use and greenhouse emissions in our daily practices. We believe in the upliftment of our local community through charitable organizations, training and job empowerment.
We are a certified sustainable winery and carefully consider the impact that every viticultural and winemaking decision will have on our fragile ecosystems.
OUR ENVIRONMENTAL OBJECTIVES ARE TO:
Respect the soil
We plant cover crops between rows to eliminate erosion. We handpick the grapes to minimise soil compaction. We aim towards the primary use of biological practises to avoid overuse of chemical sprays.
As part of a rehabilitation programme we remove alien plants to promote growth of indigenous vegetation such as fynbos.
Cut water use
We use vineyard moisture probes in conjunction with a drip system to better use water resources. Our Groenekloof and Piekenierskloof vineyards are dryland vineyards.
We promote responsible and efficient water use in the winery, the tasting room and administration building.
We choose sustainable packaging alternatives and recycle all our glass, cardboard, paper and plastic throughout all areas of the company.