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Edgebaston, formerly known as Woodlands, was named by David Finlayson following the sale of his previously owned farm Glen Carlou. He named the farm and the wines Edgebaston after an area in England where his mother was born and raised. The Finlayson family is synonymous with modern wine production in the Cape having contributed greatly to the industry over three generations. Dr Maurice Finlayson, a pathologist from Scotland, started his wine business at Hartenberg farm in Stellenbosch while his son Walter started his career at Blauwklippen going on to become South African winemaker of the year twice.

Walter went on to establish Glen Carlou where his son David joined him in 1994. David gained valuable experience working as a winemaker abroad for Peter Lehman and the famous Chateau Margaux in France.

The terroir at Edgebaston consists of clay topsoils with shale subsoils and are typical of this area in Stellenbosch delivering classically styled wines with a refined structure and high mineral character. 22 of the 29 hectares that make up Edgebaston are planted to Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier, Shiraz, Mourvedre, Tannat, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. On establishing the vines at Edgebaston David took great care in planting the best clones in the most conducive sites. Fertilizers used at Edgebaston are all organic as sourced from hormone free dairy herds.

Three styles of wine are produced at Edgebaston which include the legendary GS Cabernet Sauvignon, named after the famous George Spies Cabernet Sauvignons produced in the sixties, the Edgebaston Classics of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Shriaz and Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Rock Stars which include Edgebaston Pepper Pot and Berry Box.