I remember the really early days of vines being planted in Elgin and the thought then that this could be a viable wine appellation was just so unusual. And as they say ‘baby look at me now.”
Cool both in terms of fashion and especially cool in temperatures, wine enthusiasts now beat a path to this beautiful valley, formerly best known for its apples and pears.
Wine makers have planted their flags in the valley as Elgin becomes more and more regarded as an appellation, which produces different interesting and challenging wines.
As have Mike and Mel Kreft, owners of Belfield Wine Farm. Their soils are particularly suited to the production of red wines. Well-drained and rich in ferricrete soils, iron which makes such a mark on a red wine. The vineyards face north creating a perfect little pocket that produces delicious cool climate red wines.
The farm is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Shiraz. All the wines, The Belfield Magnifica 2013, The Belfield Aristata 2011 and The Belfield Syrah 2011, are truly handcrafted by Mike.
One of the charms about Belfield is that Mike and Mel offer accommodation in three different houses, Acorn Cottage, Oak Cottage and Shiraz House. Fully equipped and perfect for that break away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here you can walk through the vineyards, admire the beautiful gardens and indeed the mountain scenery and taste wines with the Krefts by appointment.