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About Lomond Wine Estate

Lomond Wine Estate 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.

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lomond wine estate a Carbon Hero

We use the CCC carbon footprint calculator to identify the main contributors to our carbon footprint. We use the calculator to track our progress and to refine our processes. For example, to reduce our carbon footprint we will focus on tractor trip efficiency, following the weather forecast to lower spraying frequency, only irrigating during times of solar power availability, and automatic light switches – Lomond Wine Estate

Lomond Wine Estate's Sustainability Initiatives

Conservation of the critical endangered Elim and Overberg Sandstone Fynbos is the cornerstone on which Lomond Wine Estate has based their farming practices. All of their farming and winemaking practices are designed to reduce the impact on the environment, a key measurement being the determination of their carbon footprint.

Renewable Energy

Lomond makes extensive use of solar energy and batteries. From irrigation pumps to the winery, tasting room, and offices, to the staff houses, are all supplied with renewable energy to some extent.

Efficient Fuel Use

Lomond makes use of Farmtrack, an agricultural vehicle tracking system to track speed and idling. The farm has optimised their harvesting and spraying practices to increase fuel efficiency, and use fuel efficient motorbikes on the farm.

Optimised Fertiliser Use

Lomond has a compost heap, and practices mulching with oats in new blocks. Organic fertiliser is used in addition to inorganic fertiliser to increase fulvic acid for nutrient uptake, and lignosulphonate is used for better active uptake of fertiliser.

Water

High pressure water reducing sprayers are used for cleaning in the cellar and this water is recycled for garden irrigation. Lomond conserves water with drip irrigation and uses probes/soil moisture sensors to ensure optimal irrigation of vines.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

All waste is sorted and recycled appropriately. Organic waste, including grape skins, are composted.

Improved Soil Health

Cover crops and compostable plastic along plant rows reduce weed growth, leading to a reduction in herbicide usage and improvement in soil health. Composting will be implemented directly on the rows in the near future.

Biodiversity Conservation

Lomond actively conserves the critically endangered Elim and Overberg Sandstone Fynbos. Invasive species are controlled through controlled burns and manual clearing, employing independent contractors for the initiative.

Reports, Certificates and/or Case Studies

Carbon footprint report

Carbon footprint certificate

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