Winters Drift Elgin Valley (Grabouw)
PO Box 128
The Molteno Brothers, Edward and Harry came to Elgin in 1903 and settled on the farm Glen Elgin with its apple and pear orchards.
Glen Elgin and the neighbouring properties that were later bought led to the establishment of the farming business that bears their name today.
Over time cultivation extended to include flowers and more recently vineyards to the extent of 54 hectares. This led to the creation of Winters Drift Wines in 2010.
Historically, Molteno Brothers has always been a fruit farm. Apples and pears continue to comprise the majority of the farm at approximately 420 hectares.
The first grapes for wine production were planted in 2004, with plantings taking place since then growing the total area to over 54 hectares today. Cultivars planted are; Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, Viognier, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Grenache and Mourvédre.
The Molteno Brothers Trust was formed in terms of the will of Harry Molteno, who died in 1969. His aim was to enable the continuation of the farming operations and activities and to use the income derived therefrom in the furtherance of ‘educational, cultural and charitable interests’.
The operations are today managed by a team who are overseen by a board of Directors, also appointed according to Harry’s will.
Molteno Brothers, as owners of about 500 hectares of uncultivated mountain veld, are founder members of the Groenberg Conservancy formed in 1998. This is a formalized grouping of farms registered with Cape Nature, surrounding the Groenlandberg that has as its aim the conservation of the remaining un-spoilt Fynbos areas.
In recognition of its conservation efforts, Molteno Brothers has enjoyed BWI accreditation since 2007 and in 2012 we were awarded Champion status.