Shannon Vineyards & Wines
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At Shannon Vineyards, our focus on viticulture principles reflects our commitment to winemaking as an expression of terroir. Making fine wines is our ongoing aspiration, and to that end we have assembled a talented team who share our passion. Our grapes come from exceptional mountain hillside vineyards above the banks of the Peninsula Dam in the Elgin Valley. These unique vineyard sites, combined with the highly experienced viticultural team of Kevin Watt and James Downes, and a winemaking philosophy of minimal intervention followed by the winemakers Gordon Johnson and Nadia Cilliers, produce wines with distinctive personalities. Each wine has a sense of place. They are seductive and memorable for their complexity, structure and elegance.

The Elgin Valley has long been regarded as the apple and pear centre of South Africa, and now has South Africa's most highly regarded winemakers establishing vineyards in the area, testament to its obvious winemaking potential.

James and Stuart are passionate about maximising the potential of the Elgin Valley and South Africa through the wines of Shannon Vineyards. James is responsible for the vineyard management and respects Gordon and Nadia's winemaking, whilst Stuart focuses on the marketing.

Welcome to the magical Elgin Valley in the heart of the Cape

The Elgin Valley is the natural home for lovers of fresh food, cool-climate wines and beautiful country living. A lush garden valley only 45 minutes from Cape Town.

Ringed by mountains, its green rolling hills are a tapestry of orchards, vineyards and olive groves. The Elgin Valley has been known for almost a century for its famous fresh produce – most notably apples and pears.

But new-comers have, over the years, added great richness to the valley’s creative heart, and a fervent energy has been invested in creating a country lifestyle which visitors will fall in love with. The Elgin Valley is a land of outdoor adventure for the whole family. The Elgin Valley: Experience its magic!

Green Mountain Eco Route – the world’s first biodiversity wine route incorporating Conservation, Sustainability and Social Upliftment

The commitment of all members of the Green Mountain Eco Route is conservation, sustainability and social upliftment. All members belong to the Groenlandberg Conservancy.

All wine growers and grape producers are Biodiversity Wine Initiative members or champions. The members of the Green Mountain Eco Route follow profitable, sustainable and ethical business principles and commit to the social upliftment of historically disadvantaged communities by using local people and resources throughout the route around the Groenland Mountain.


Stuart and James Downes
James Downes
Stuart Downes
Stuart Downes