WINTERS DRIFT is the wine brand of Molteno Brothers, a farming business situated in the Elgin area of the Western Cape Province of South Africa.
Historically Molteno Brothers has been a fruit farm and apples and pears continue to comprise the largest part of the farm at approximately 420 hectares. The first grapes for wine production were planted in 2004, with regular plantings taking place since then growing the total area under vines to 54 hectares today. The first Winters Drift wines were produced from the 2010 harvest. …more
The Molteno Brothers, Edward (1877-1950) and Harry (1880-1969) Molteno, were sons of Cape Prime Minister John Molteno by his third wife Sobella Maria. Pioneering and successful exporters, they had a huge influence on South Africa’s fruit industry and left a trust fund that continues their charitable work to this day.
The two brothers first invested in the Palmiet area in the early 1900s. They may have been influenced by the purchase of some land in the area by their older brothers Percy and Frank Molteno. …more
Winters Drift released its 2nd vintage, bottled in 2011 – A Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Rose. This year will see the bottling of a Shiraz and Pinot Noir as we anticipate the maturation of the Viognier, Grenache and Mourvédre vineyards.
Visit our wine page for more information on our wines or to downlaod our tasting notes. …more
The Glen elgin Fynbos Division was established in 1995 where it was undertaken to establish Fynbos as a commercial cutflower crop, planted in fields. Plant Material was difficult to obtain , so it was necessary for the Farm to start it’s own nursery. This soon grew and established itself as a commercial Nursery supplying the Industry with top quality rooted cuttings. In 2006, the decision was made to expand the Nursery facility to produce Potted Fynbos Plants for sale to the Retail Nurseries. …more
“The Palmiet River, which formed its border to the west, as well as several streams and springs, kept it supplied with water throughout the year; kraals and a dwelling house surrounded by a small area of arable land were in existence approximately where the Elgin railway station is situated today. The land was granted on condition that ‘in the event of the Palmiet River being impassable Travellers shall have a right to unteam their Cattle on the land hereby granted – that all Roads and Thoroughfares running over this land shall remain free and uninterrupted’.