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 their 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.
Sustainability is a key priority in everything at Klein Constantia, from regenerative farming to recyclable packaging. Klein Constantia was one of the first South African wineries to install solar panels, and the farm has been entirely self-sufficient in their water usage since 2015. In recognition of these efforts to tackle environmental risks, protect conservation-worthy land and implement energy-efficient solutions, Klein Constantia have been a WWF Conservation Champion since 2011. Their goal is to be carbon neutral as soon as possible.
Klein Constantia is invested heavily in solar power, which currently provides the farm with 174kW equating to 31% of total usage.
The farm acquired new tractors with lower fuel consumption, which are driven only when absolutely necessary and serviced regularly to optimise their performance.
Klein Constantia only uses organic fertilisers and make their own compost, which is divided into two types: biodynamic (reserved for their biodynamic blocks) and more conventional organic compost.
Klein Constantia has practised dryland farming since 2018, and all water used across their operations comes from their own dams, which are filled by rainwater and mountain run-off. The farm has also upgraded their waste water treatment system so that all waste water can be reused.
Any organic waste from the farm is incorporated into their compost, alongside a comprehensive recycling programme in place for all glass, cardboard, paper and plastic.
Klein Constantia practises regenerative farming, which includes mechanical weeding, composting (both organic and biodynamic) and planting a broad variety of cover crops to boost organic matter, increase biodiversity and anchor the soil during the winter rainfall months.
All contours are covered in fynbos and 12.4 hectares on the mountain have been signed into stewardship with the World Wildlife Fund. Vast areas of invasive alien vegetation are cleared every spring, then repopulated with indigenous trees and shrubs. The result is a network of corridors and waterways criss-crossing the entire farm. Klein Constantia uses integrated pest management to control mealybugs as well as aphids, and they have erected perches for birds of prey to scare away smaller birds during the ripening season and harvest.
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