“I like to keep this winery focused on the vineyards, on the quality of the grapes and the winemaking process. It’s very much a family affair, it’s myself, my wife and two children, and then only one or two key staff members.”
Inspired by his father’s passion for being close to the vines and the land, David purchased the rundown Stellenbosch farm Woodlands (a remainder of the original Edgebaston grant) in 2004.
The Finlayson family has returned to its winemaking roots in Stellenbosch and David launched the Edgebaston range of wines from this property which boasts 29 hectares of vineyard. A small winery was put into operation in 2009, waving goodbye to the days of rented facilities. Production has grown from 6 000 to 30 000 cases per annum and focuses on Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Rhône varieties.
David’s vision is to build a family operated, ultra premium wine operation focusing on the quality and personality of the wines in the bottle. David is married to Lizel and they have a budding winemaker and viticulturist respectively in daughter Daniella and son Callum.