The name Shannon pays homage to the family’s Irish ancestry while, on the other side, members of the James family were wine merchants and owners of several pubs in London in the 1800s. Quite a pedigree. The winery is a member of the Biodiversity Wine Initiative, and has maintained the undisturbed virgin soil in 8-metre wide corridors of natural fynbos (native Cape flora) between the vineyards, providing the indigenous animals with territorial access from the river banks to the mountainside. Shannon Wines are produced from 12 different site specific vineyard blocks of Pinot Noir, 7 blocks of Sauvignon Blanc and a half hectare of Semillon as well as the now "work in progress" Viognier. The exciting Mount Bullet comes from the Merlot vineyard consisting of 5 clones. Shannon Vineyards strives to produce wines of complexity and elegance.