About rust en vrede

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.

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rust en vrede a Carbon Hero

Here at Rust en Vrede we use the CCC carbon footprint calculator to measure our carbon footprint so that any future planning can incorporate actions to reduce that footprint and continuously work toward reducing that footprint.

Rust en Vrede's Sustainability Initiatives

Rust en Vrede has a solar plant on the roof of our winery which supplies 40% of our energy requirements in the winery. We are WWF Conservation Champions, with 12 hectares of the property identified by the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative, which we conserve and maintain. Ongoing removal of alien vegetation and replanting of indigenous flora encourages natural biodiversity and soil health. We practice Sustainable Vineyard Operations with most farming activities being done by hand. Cover crops planted annually for soil health & structure. Biological control of pests with augmentation of natural predators. Water Conservation is practiced with drip irrigation & waste water recycled through an effluent plant.

Renewable energy - solar

Solar Plant provides 40% of our energy needs.

Fuel savings

We limit the use of generators.

Organic fertilizer

We use compost tea as fertilizer for vineyards and gardens.

Water stewards

Drip Irrigation used in Vineyards only when necessary.

Waste is separated and recycled

Inorganic waste is collected by a recycling company.

Promoting soil health

The compost tea dramatically improved soil health and biodiversity, and plant cover crops annually to improve soil health and structure.

Promoting biodiversity

As Conservation Champions, 12 hectares of the Estate are set aside for conservation and for encouraging biodiversity.

Reports, Certificates and/or Case Studies

Carbon footprint report

Carbon footprint certificate

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Solar Plant
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