South Africa (R310, Stellenbosch, ZA 7599)
The drive on the R310 from Stellenbosch to Franschhoek is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the wine region of the Cape. Just on the climb to the Simonsberg Mountain you find the Tokara wine estate. On its southern slopes from where you have a spectacular view over False Bay and Table Mountain you will find Tokara`s vineyards and olive groves. The elevated slopes which rise between 350 and 550 meters. are situated on sandstone and decomposed granite which gives structure, perfume and longevity to the wines.
As this area is mainly known for their reds the owners of Tokara decided a couple of years ago to cultivate land in Elgin, a cool climate area atop Sir Lowry’s Pass. The higher altitude and closeness to the Atlantic with its cold winds create a contrast to the climate of Stellenbosch. Soils are predominantly sandstone imparting an ethereal scent to the Chardonnay and especially to the Sauvignon Blanc.