Lomond is situated on The Agulhas Plain near the southernmost tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas – the meeting place of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans – 8km from the fishing village of Gansbaai and within sight of the sea.
The vineyards were planted only on previously cultivated land within sight of the ocean. This maritime climate with the resulting cooling sea breezes ensures that the vineyards are kept cool which results in late ripening intense fruit.
On the slopes of the Ben Lomond mountain in the Uilenkraal Valley, our vineyards are planted on as many as 18 different soil types, which appear naturally in small pockets along the slopes and produce intriguingly complex wines with flavour profiles that differ markedly from one block to the next.
This unique combination of geography, geology and climate results in terroir that is perfect for producing world-class wine.
The Cape Augulhas appellation has its place among the world’s top winegrowing regions, and one about which we are incredibly passionate.
The most Southern tip of Africa
Discover the legendary ‘Cape of Storms’. Stand at the Southernmost tip of Africa, where two oceans meet. Explore the historic Cape Agulhas lighthouse. Marvel at the shipwrecks that dot this rugged, beautiful coastline. Visit the fishing village of Gansbaai and the memorial to the mariners who lost their lives when the Birkenhead went down off of the Birkenhead lighthouse, whose courage inspired the tradition of women and children first. Curl up in front of a cosy fire with the sound of the crashing waves in the background. Meander through the surrounding Overberg farms and quaint towns that tell stories of yesteryear. Sooth your soul.
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Conservation is key
Conservation of the critical endangered Elim Fynbos is the cornerstone on which we have based our farming practices
Lomond, a member since 2005, is situated in the heart of the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy and is home to a wide diversity of endangered flora including Mountain & Elim Fynbos, Milkwood Forests and Wetlands.
Whilst the focus has always been on producing high quality wine based on the regions cool climate and diversity of soils, Lomond has also been actively involved in the bigger conservation landscape.
Lomond is the first South African Wine Farm to enter into a Conservation Servitude with Fauna and Flora International to ensure the long-term preservation of the critically endangered Elim Ferricrete Fynbos and Overberg Sandstone Fynbos which occurs on the slopes of Ben Lomond. This includes ensuring the conservation of all natural biodiversity through proactive conservation management of the site and adjoining area.
This servitude forms a vital buffer area between the Flower Valley Conservation Trust and the Lomond vineyards.
The Cape Floral Kingdom
The Cape Floral Kingdom, of which fynbos is the major component, is one of the 6 floral kingdoms on our planet and the only one found entirely in one country. It is the most threatened kingdom in the world and has been marked as one of South Africa’s eight heritage sites. It is home to around 9000 species – so it has the highest concentration of plant species in the smallest area. Compare that with the whole of the United Kingdom, which is home to 1500 wildflower species.
Lomond’s cultivars, selected to match both the farm’s terroir and climate, consist of Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Shiraz, Sémillon, Nouvelle, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Mourvedre and Viognier.
Lomond’s geological formation is unique. Our Vineyards are planted on as many as 18 different soil types, which appear naturally in small pockets along the slopes and produce intriguingly complex wines with flavour profiles that differ markedly from one block to the next.
Altitudes of the wine blocks vary, with some blocks around 50m above sea level, while others are located around 100 m above sea level, with uninterrupted exposure to the ocean breeze. Even the lowest-lying vineyards benefit from the cool maritime breezes, though, with the naturally occurring indigenous vegetation and the terrain’s low hills acting as a filter for the salt-laden sea air.
Prevailing winds blow directly off the ocean in both a South Easterly and South Westerly direction, providing consistent coolness throughout the summer months, with temperatures seldom reaching above 30º Celsius. A cool climate with slow ripening is thus created.
The terroir, climate and location of Lomond all combine to create superb single-vineyard wines from individual vineyard blocks.