Elim Vineyards where grapes for Dawn Patrol are grown

Our grapes are carefully sourced from farmers who are passionate about cultivating soil in a sustainable manner.

For the benefit of current vintages and future generations, our farmers have adopted a biological approach to farming. This equilibrium between soil and plant results in harmoniously balanced wines that celebrate the fruits of land and labour. Their delicate, holistic process of nurturing healthy soils with sufficient nutrients and micro-organisms produces our healthy vines, great wines and eventual stoke-of-sip.

Most of our grapes are sourced from the Swartland region. This fertile area is distinguished from other wine production locales by its hot, dry summers and cold, wet winters. The incredible soil diversity includes granite, shale, clay and slate, which lends distinctive structure and diversity to our wines.

We source the remainder of our grapes from where our two beautiful oceans meet — the Cape South Coast. In this unique setting, prevailing winds provide cooler ripening seasons that produce elegant, structured wines rich in minerality. Here, grape growing goes hand-in-hand with protecting the indigenous floral kingdom.

Our aim is to create beautifully balanced wines reflecting their unique origins. 


Making Dawn Patrol Wine


Our job is made easy by the exacting work of our farmers and the superb grapes they grow. We tread lightly with our wines; we ferment naturally and we ensure minimal intervention from our side (whether that’s because we want more time to surf is a story for another time).

Our wines are IPW-certified

We follow sustainable practices during the winemaking process. This ensures our winecraft has minimal impact on the environment. We comply with the international wine industry environmental sustainability criteria, including the 'Global Wine Sector Environmental Sustainability Principles' and the 'Guidelines for Sustainable Viti-Viniculture: Production, Processing and Packaging of Products'.


Dawn Patrol at Jeffrey's Bay

Healthy Earth, healthy ocean, healthy hearts: Dawn Patrol

Dawn Patrol Wines is dedicated to protecting the ocean environment: from the marine wildlife beneath its waves, to the pristine beaches lapped by its tides. 'Dawn Patrol' is a tradition that sees surfers getting up before sunrise to search the coast(s) for the perfect swell. Being in the backline as the sun comes up is hard to explain. For surfers, the stoke of the ‘dawnie’ is sacred. It has the power to inspire and uplift.

But if we don’t take care of our oceans, we lose this source of upliftment and all that the marine environment contains.


Enjoy our Wines locally:

CAPE TOWN: Café Frank | Oranjezicht City Farm Market | Hog House Brewing Company | Vino Pronto | Wine Concepts Newlands | The Vineyard Connection | Norman Goodfellows | Woodstock Liquors | Caratello Wine Club (Ceres) | Sommeliers Warehouse

THE COAST: Nina's Cafe (George) | Infood Deli (Jbay) | Unwind (Jbay) | Thyme and Again Farmstall (Plett) | Robberg Seafoods Grocery Store (Plett) | Tops Villiage Square (St Francis) |  St Francis Brewing Co (St Francis) | Blue Rocks Cafe (Nature's Valley)

KZN: 1000 Hills Brewco | A N E W Hotels & Resorts | Champagne Castle | Isibindi Africa Lodges (Thonga Beach) | Jock Morrison And Sons | Jozini Tiger Lodge | Steak & Oyster | Quintessential Food & Beverage | Rhino River Lodge | Sandbar Restuarant | The Social Oak | Three Trees Lodge | Tops At Station Spar | Underberg Stores Cc | Rays Kitchen | The Chefs Table | The Cellar | Tops At Station Spar | The Booze Guy | Ghost Mountain Inn | Hillcrest Tops | Buxtons Wine Store | Marriott Gardens Wine Cellar | Unity | Talloula Celebration | The Black Rabbit The Fine Wine Company | Tops At Station Spar | Umhlanga Rocks Tops

GAUTENG: Voisin Bread & Wine (JHB) | Wine Menu (JHB) | Eighteen 13 Boutique Wine Shop (JHB) | The Wine & Spirit Library (JHB) | Intowine (PTA) | And then there was fire (Krugersdorp) | Morries Pantry (PTA) | BGR Florence Ribeiro (PTA)


Surfing at Dawn