The story of Solara Organic Wines is one of dedication and perseverance by Patricia Werdmuller von Elgg, whose unconditional caring for the environment and all living creatures on Hout Baai farm is embodied in each bottle of her maiden 2014 vintage Solara Organic Sauvignon Blanc. This is in fact the culmination of her unrelenting efforts since purchasing the run-down farm outside McGregor in the Cape winelands in 2003.
Today a myriad of live creatures and natural fynbos vegetation flourish here as an interwoven whole around her 10.52 hectares of vineyards – with several animal species having a stake in the wine, in addition to the leopards represented on the label. A R3 donation for each bottle sold, goes to the Landmark Foundation and its leopard research and rescue projects.
Patricia Werdmuller Von Elgg shares her entrepreneurial success with environment and health conscious wine consumers and her farm population alike – including stray and abused animals from the district, housed in kennels and paddocks which make up part of the complex of restored buildings and replanted vineyards on Hout Baai – so named after the mountain river that forms its border.
Solara Wines 2020 - Enter Johan du Preez
– wine business boffin and conservation champion
As if the stage has been prepared for him over almost two decades at Hout Baai Farm with its organically produced wines and environmental care, Johan du Preez, owner of the company River Runs Trading (RRT), has joined forces here as licensee and partner with owner and founder Ms Patricia Werdmuller von Elgg and her two silent partners in Sandton, South Africa.
Solara – the delicious sundowner suitable for all occasions
a Sauvignon Blanc, smooth and layered with subtle flavours
Made from grapes grown in harmony with nature
our land is green and inviting
a sanctuary for all wild creatures
who by their presence create the balance that adds
uniqueness to our viticulture
Ten years of nurturing the land
and dedicated to preserving it
we have established by integrity
an environment of which to be proud
The internationally certified organic grapes
Are from a registered single vineyard
Situated in a high-altitude river valley
At Hout Baai Farm, McGregor.