Owned by Californian winemaker, Samantha O’Keefe, Lismore is the pioneer of Wine of Origin ‘Greyton’, which has been designated by SAWIS (South African Wine Industry Information & Systems), recognizing the unique terroir of this region. Unfortunately the Lismore estate was razed by wildfire on 16 December 2019.Luckily though, the main wine stock was held in Stellenbosch, so Samantha had something to keep her business afloat, though there would be no Lismore 2019 estate wines on the market. She made 2020 wine from grapes from different vineyards, as well as her own estate.
This wine is grown on Rose-Quartz soils in Elgin, a cool, high altitude plateau. The region offers a lengthened ripening period which brings the grapes late into season, often three to four weeks later than traditional wine growing areas in South Africa. This provides the opportunity to develop deep complexity and concentration.