01.02.06.15 Other South African wine cultivation areas
Other South African wine cultivation areas
THE FARM Waverley Hills is best known for producing organic wines with a unique style, extremely smooth with soft ripe tannins and robust fynbos characteristic. We also produce olives in brine, dried olives and a small amount of olive oil.
The Estate is situated between Tulbagh and Ceres, close to Wolseley, South Africa, at the foothills of the breathtaking Witzenberg Mountain Range. The fertile, yellow clay terrain is impregnated with river stones, resulting in well-drained soils with excellent water holding capacity. All the vineyards are irrigated with pure spring water and are located on a natural watershed area. The area is renowned for its diverse fynbos (indigenous flora), giving our wines a unique herbaceous characteristic.
SUSTAINABILITY We fertilise with composts and manures. We use cover crops, such as vetch and legumes, for soil improvement and as host plants for beneficial insects. We also allow some indigenous vegetation to grow in close proximity to the vines. These areas provide food and a natural habitat for the indigenous fauna to flourish, adding a healthy diversity to our vineyards eco-system.
ORGANIC FARMING The phrase organic vineyard conjures up a harmonious picture of green, trellised vines; their leaves combed by beneficial insects hunting for pests, the skies patrolled by hawks and owls looking for tasty rodents; field workers safe from toxic chemicals, and wines pure and delicious - and this is what we aspire to achieve. BIODIVERSITY We are a WWF Conservation Champion – acknowledged as an environmental leader in the industry for our commitment to conservation, responsible production practices, integrated environmental management systems, and spearheading innovations in water, energy efficiency and climate adaptation.
About 20% of the land, including critically endangered veld types such as Breede Shale Renosterveld, Breede Alluvium Fynbos and Breede Shale Fynbos, has been set aside for conservation at Waverley Hills. The indigenous Flora and Fauna are protected, and all alien vegetation is removed from the estate. Natural predators are introduced in the vineyards to combat unfriendly insects and pests. We also have a family of white ducks which make sure that the snails are kept to a minimum.