Our Carbon Heroes

WINE FARM

Paul Clüver is a family business dedicated to producing world-class wines and fruit, whilst being mindful of their impact on the environment and community. Set within the Kogelberg Biosphere, half of Paul Cluver’s estate is under conservation in perpetuity. Preserving their natural heritage is part of who they are, and the farm strives to lead sustainable farming for the future.

1 Year Label - WWF - Conservation Champion - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

Slanghoek Cellar is located in the Slanghoek valley, and produces and supplies wine to local and international markets. Since 2012 Slanghoek Cellar has been lowering their carbon emissions by reusing by-products as fertilizer on the farms, and changing old lights to LEDs with timers to limit electricity usage.

3 Year Label - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

Napier Vineyards is located in the unique region of Wellington in the Western Cape of South Africa, and is named after Sir George Napier, Governor of the Cape of Good Hope from 1837 to 1843. The region’s rich soil diversity allows for the perfect combination of grape variety versus terroir. Napier Vineyards’ focus is on consistent yield and quality as well as careful interaction with nature.

3 Year Label - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

At Bosman Adama, near Wellington, they believe that the natural environment is integral to the sustainability of the community, and that the responsibility for pro-active care and conservation rests with each one of us. From the propagation of grape vines in the nursery, to the growing of grapes on their land, and ultimately the making of Bosman Family Vineyards wines in the cellar, Bosman Adama consciously employs practices at every level that conserve resources, reduce waste, facilitate growth and promote regeneration. 

1 Year Label - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

Wellington Wines’ history dates back to 1906, 1907 and 1941 when Wellington Co-operative Winery, Bovlei Co-operative and Wamakersvalley Wines were founded respectively. These three wine giants, with years of knowledge and passion, joined forces in recent years to form Wellington Wines.  Wellington Wines is a wine producer of outstanding characteristics, implementing innovative methods to ensure the region is experienced with every sip.

 

3 Year Label - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

Lomond is situated on The Agulhas Plain near the southernmost tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas. Lomond’s vineyards were planted on previously cultivated land within sight of the ocean. This maritime climate ensures that the vineyards are kept cool which results in late ripening intense fruit. Lomond is actively involved in the bigger conservation landscape, being the first SA wine Farm to enter into a Conservation Servitude with Fauna and Flora International to ensure the long-term preservation of the critically endangered Elim Ferricrete Fynbos and Overberg Sandstone Fynbos.

1 Year Label - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

Lourensford Wine Estate is situated at the foot of the majestic Hottentots Holland Mountains in Somerset West.  This property is steeped in history and dates back to the 1700’s. The magnificent soils and diverse micro-climates create the ideal terroir for world-class wines. Lourensford aims to be more sustainable in everything they do. Just one example of their many initiatives include a solar PV plant consisting of 2 000 solar units installed on the winery roof in May 2014 to aid in their Green initiatives.

Situated in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, Creation Wines is blessed with one of the most biodiverse wine regions in the world. Creation is passionate about the preservation of the natural environment for generations to come through sound practices that not only maintain but also renew. Creation is one of only nine wineries in South Africa to have received EnviroWines accreditation and was recently awarded a Certificate of Excellence as WWF Conservation Champion.

1 Year Label - WWF - Conservation Champion - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

Spier is a family-owned wine farm in the Stellenbosch Winelands with a recorded history dating back to 1692. High-density grazing in Spier’s pastures sequesters carbon, while the farm typically sends 0% of their waste to landfill. In February 2022, their recycling and recovery efforts resulted in 6782kg less CO₂e in the atmosphere. In 2021, Spier’s nine solar installations generated over 280,000 kWh, resulting in 107,808kg of carbon dioxide savings.

3 Year Label - WWF - Conservation Champion - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

Neethlingshof is located just outside the town of Stellenbosch, in the renowned Cape Winelands. With roots dating back to 1692, Neethlingshof produces superior, terroir driven wines for local and international markets. Climate and vines co-exist at Neethlingshof in perfect harmony, and sustainable management practices are employed to enhance this relationship and ensure top vine performance from year to year. Neethlingshof is committed to biodiversity-friendly and regenerative farming practices, conserving natural areas and continually improving water and energy efficiencies.

3 Year Label - WWF - Conservation Champion - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

Van Loveren believes sustainability is the foundation on which to build a secure future for their farms and the world around them. Van Loveren strives to improve environmental stewardship through solar energy, conservation of farmland for natural ecosystems and the farm implements sound agricultural practices, from grape production to manufacturing. A family-run wine and fruit farm situated in Robertson, Van Loveren believes that by considering the environment, the people and the production of wine, they will help preserve their natural resources and provide prosperity for future generations.

3 Year Label - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

Botha Kelder is situated about 100km from Cape Town en route to Ceres in the Breedekloof Wine Valley. The farm is located at the foothills of rugged mountains, where snow and sun play their intense role during the seasons. Botha Kelder’s winemaking is based on the art of reading nature, combined with science, to make wines of distinction. The farm is staying coordinated with innovative technology, and working smarter to sustain a healthier, happier, and more prosperous future for all at Botha Kelder.

Springfield Estate is a family-owned wine estate located in the Western Cape of Southern Africa. Springfield Estate’s commitment to quality is reflected in their motto, Made on Honour, which guides every aspect of the business. Springfield Estate believes that the character and individuality of their grapes should shine through in their wines, which are made using natural yeast and single vineyard techniques. 

3 Year Label - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

Villiera is located in the Stellenbosch wine region of South Africa and produces award-winning Cap Classique and still wines. Villiera has a strong focus on sustainable farming practices. Solar installations provide nearly all of our energy requirements, recycled water is purified through marshes and used for irrigation. Most of our vineyards are drip irrigated and we utilize a rainwater harvesting system. Our greening project to rehabilitate fallow land entailed planting thousands of indigenous trees on the farm which further mitigates our carbon footprint.

Taaibosch Wines is situated high on the slopes of the Helderberg mountains. Making wines that embody origin is the ultimate outcome Taaibosch strives for. Furthermore, Taaibosch respects nature and the preservation thereof; it is an endeavour of their team to rehabilitate the flora of the estate to that which is indigenous to the Cape, so as to maintain a balance between the natural environment and agriculture.

1 Year Label - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

Vergelegen Wine Estate is a 322-year-old provincial heritage site in Somerset West which has won two awards in the prestigious 2022 Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism Awards. After a 14-year alien clearing project, 2000 ha of the land was proclaimed into a private nature reserve, home to many rare and endangered species. Vergelegen calculates their carbon footprint annually to see where they can improve, and their next step is to have the cellar run completely on renewable energy to reduce the farm’s carbon footprint even more.

3 Year Label - WWF - Conservation Champion - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

Situated on the cool slopes of the Dorstberg, with Table Mountain as backdrop, Diemersdal Wine Estate produces unique, soulful wines. The farm covers 340 hectares of land, with 200 of those under vines. A sizeable area of the farm consists of Renosterveld. Diemersdal signed a 10-year biodiversity agreement with Cape Nature to establish a 16,8 hectare conservation area, consisting of Swartland Shale Renosterveld. This vegetation type is classified as Critically Endangered, having lost more than 90% of its original extent.

3 Year Label - WWF - Conservation Champion - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

Beyerskloof Wines is situated in the Koelenhof area of Stellenbosch. Beyerskloof’s focus is to produce the best Pinotage and Pinotage blends through traditional winemaking practices and minimal intervention. They strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

Stellenbosch Vineyards is the smart solutions and innovation hub of Advini South Africa, based on the historic Welmoed Farm in Stellenbosch. Environmental sustainability is a cornerstone of our approach, with a specific focus on innovative packaging, renewable energy and a reduced carbon footprint. With access to vineyards throughout Stellenbosch from 17 dedicated growers, this winery is also the house of brands for global commercial brands including Welmoed and Arniston Bay, as well as specialised, single vineyard and niche crafted wines. 

1 Year Label - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

Bonnievale Wines is a producer-owned enterprise based in the village of Bonnievale and district of Robertson, South Africa. Bonnievale is comprised of four cellars located across the region, supplied by some 100 member farms. Their focus is on improving water and energy use, as well as effluent management. Bonnievale Wines is proud to state that their carbon footprint is well below the average for the region.

Robertson Winery is situated in the town of Robertson, in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Robertson Winery is proudly calculating their carbon footprint as a bottling company that fills bottle ready wine, grape juice and de-alcoholised wine in glass, bag in box and combi packaging.

1 Year Label - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

Amandalia Farm is a family owned farm producing stone fruit, wine grapes, olives and almonds, lying against the foothills of the Langeberg mountains. Amandalia is committed to managing their natural asset with a strict alien clearing programme, solar power supply for their brewery and by respecting their natural resources.

3 Year Label - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

Doolhof lies at the confluence of several expansive mountains. Thanks to sheer gradients, the valley benefits from lower average temperatures that encourages slow ripening. The shape and aspects of the various parts of the estate allow for several distinct micro-climates. Doolhof generally experiences cooler winters and moderate summers. This confluence of viticultural conditions allows the winemaking team to work with an exciting range of top-quality varieties, including Chenin Blanc, Pinotage and Doolhof’s flagship Malbec.

1 Year Label - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

Skilpadvlei Wine Farm derives its charming name from the legendary colony of tortoises that was found in the vlei in the 1800’s. The beautiful piece of land was dubbed Skilpadvlei and has been in the hands of the Joubert family since 1917. Willem Daniel Joubert is the fourth generation currently managing the farm. Facilities at Skilpadvlei include a farm style restaurant, beautiful wedding and conference venue, and country style accommodation with views of the farm landscape and 31.47ha of vineyards.

1 Year Label - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

The Rabiesberg farm, Leipzig, is situated in the Nuy Valley just outside Worcester. The farm has been in the Rabie family for six generations. It spans 804 ha, with 91 ha under irrigation. Rabiesberg cultivates 48 ha of wine grapes, 18 ha of plums, and 25 ha of citrus. The farm delivers their wine grapes to Nuy Winery.

3 Year Label - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

The history of Kleine Zalze dates back to 1683 when Nicolaas Cleef settled on the banks of the Blaauwklippen River and started cultivating the land. Today Kleine Zalze Wines is a modern, proudly Stellenbosch premium wine cellar offering honest authentic wines to the global market. Still situated on the banks of the Blaauwklippen river, Kleine Zalze is mindful of their impact on the environment as well as their role in the broader community. Kleine Zalze is committed to systematically reducing their carbon footprint.

1 Year Label - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

Klein Constantia is a world-renowned producer of fine wines, located in Cape Town’s historic Constantia Valley, the cradle of South African wine dating back to 1685. Klein Constantia is most famous for our Vin de Constance dessert wine, an iconic modern recreation of legendary Constantia wine, and they also specialise in cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc, producing various expressions. Klein Constantia’s owners since 2011 are Zdenek Bakala and Charles Harman with minority shareholders Bruno Prats, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest and Hans Astrom.

1 Year Label - WWF - Conservation Champion - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

uniWines Vineyards, established in 2007, is a progressive wine company in the Breedekloof Wine Valley, South Africa. uniWines has four producing cellars and being able to control their grape supply allows the farm to be responsive, flexible & market-focused. uniWines offers variety within their own brands and private labels, ranging from entry-level, premium, Old Vines, Fairtrade and their portfolio is consumer-driven. uniWines Vineyards prides themselves in delivering quality, value and nurturing long-term relationships. uniWines delivers quality in every glass to make every occasion an enjoyable one.

1 Year Label - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

Since 1694 Rust en Vrede has stood peacefully among the vineyards of Stellenbosch. At various times over the centuries wine was produced, but the modern era of winemaking started with the Engelbrecht family in the 1970s. The Engelbrecht family has shaped Rust en Vrede Wine Estate with a distinct vision for the future – to create a legacy of quality red wine, with a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Our wines have excelled to become the best expression of Rust en Vrede’s terroir.
Shielded from the prevailing winds by the Helderberg and Stellenbosch mountains, Rust en Vrede is a warmer microcosm in the Helderberg area, which is why we specialize in reds, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. These varieties lend themselves to full bodied wines with powerful structure and excellent aging potential.

3 Year Label - WWF - Conservation Champion - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

Montagu is situated in the Little Karoo, where the famous Route 62 begins. Montagu is surrounded by mountains and the different valleys add to the complexity of the wines. Montagu Winery has turned partly to solar power as an alternative energy source from 2021. Grape suppliers of Montagu Winery are turning to more biological practices and regenerative farming has become more common recently.

1 Year Label - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

Situated along the West Coast of South Africa, Lutzville Vineyards has been producing cool climate wines since 1961. Lutzville’s flagship variety is Sauvignon Blanc and the farm has won many accolades as a result.

1 Year Label - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

Established in 1941, Perdeberg Wines, a privately held entity, thrives as a collaboration among shareholding grape producers, some with four generations represented on their board. Nestled in South Africa’s Agter-Paarl, Perdeberg Wines’ vineyards embody decades of collective expertise. Together, Perdeberg crafts exceptional wines that honour the region’s terroir. Welcome to Perdeberg Wines, where tradition and innovation converge in every exquisite bottle.

1 Year Label - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

DeMorgenzon is a wine producing farm owned by Wendy and Hylton Appelbaum, which they purchased in 2003. DeMorgenzon is situated on the Stellenbosch Kloof Road, approximately 10 minutes from Stellenbosch. DeMorgenzon sits on the southern most point of the Bottelary Hills and farms grapes between 200-400 meters above sea level, making it an ideal site for cool climate Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Syrah production, amongst others. DeMorgenzon also farms seven different species of olive tree, totalling over 2000 trees, and sells the olive oil produced in the tasting room.

1 Year Label - WWF - Conservation Champion - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North

In 1962, Carel van Zyl planted some of the first vineyards in the Piekenierskloof. Today the fourth generation of van Zyl’s celebrate their heritage with unique wines made from meticulously farmed and lovingly managed vines, some more than 60 years old. Fondly dubbed the ‘Grenache HQ’ amongst wine lovers, the Piekenierskloof not only boasts with one of the largest Grenache plantings in the Cape, but it‘s extensive collection of old, unirrigated bush vine vineyards have stood the test of time and continuously deliver exceptional wines.

1 Year Label - Sustainability - Carbon Heroes - Carbon Footprint - Blue North