Making fine wines is our ongoing aspiration

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!


The management of the farm has realised the uniqueness of its environment and therefore strives to safeguard the species passing through the farm. The management communicates with the farm staff regarding the occurrence of certain wildlife on the farm to ensure the long-term survival of the species. With regard to the years of experience and knowledge of the farm there is a strong emphasis on observation and communication of sighting of different species and conflicting or attributing factors regarding the various species found presently on the farm.

Survival of certain species on the farm is largely dependent on the availability of optimum habitat which occur more often in isolated pockets and uniquely along the river frontage. It is important to note that these optimal habitats occur with and even without the presence of animal species. Larger animal species are not sighted in these optimal habitats daily, but may be in the future, be it to breed in, hide in as a safe haven or to be used as a passing point on their journeys.

The presence of our BIG 5 indicates that our base populations of small animal species is healthy. We are well aware of the importance of safe guarding our LITTLE 5 in order to provide the right environment for our BIG 5 to strive in.



Chacma Baboon Grysbok
Cape Fox Field Mice
Porcupine Swee Waxbill
Cape Clawless Otter Raucous Toad
Black Sparrow Hawk Guinea Fowl



Conservation Plan.pdf (48kb)

Mammals List.pdf (48lb)

Bird List.pdf (80kb)


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