From the world-renowned Helderberg region of Stellenbosch comes an award-winning range of wines named after South African golf legend, Ernie Els, and skilfully crafted by winemaking legend, Louis Strydom.
Epitomising the beloved character and celebrated prestige of our namesake, our four collections – Signature, Major Series, Big Easy and Proprietor’s – deliver iconic wines of characteristic style, exclusivity and generosity. Whether applauding exceptional accomplishment, upping the entertainment game or toasting great friendship, Ernie Els Wines always make it an occasion par excellence.
Our winemaker’s fondness for Cabernet Sauvignon wines and blends made the location a natural choice: The Golden Triangle of Stellenbosch is globally recognised for producing exceptional red wines. Ernie Els Winery holds a prime position framed by panoramic views of Cape Town and Table Mountain to the west, Stellenbosch and the Helderberg Mountains to the east. We first opened doors in 2005 and, since our recent renovation, we continue to welcome guests and friends from all over the world to pass beyond grand granite boulders through farmhouse-style wooden doors into our spacious Tasting Room and Restaurant. The Wine Cellar with its vast concrete tanks and rows of full maturation barrels forms the vivid heart of a winery that balances enduring hospitality and state-of-the-art facilities.
Our vines are planted on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountains, benefitting from high-potential soils and the ideal growing conditions for our favoured varieties. The slopes feature a granite mother material, high in clay content with mainly Tukulu and Oakleaf soil families. A large portion of the vineyard is devoted to Cabernet Sauvignon with dedicated blocks planted facing north and north-east to absorb as much sunlight as possible. This is the key to producing the fuller and fruitier wines of Ernie Els fame.