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Heading the team is Jasper Raats, who has been a winegrowing consultant since 2006. He has worked in this capacity in various regions and countries and has a passion for organic and bio-dynamic growing.

With his winemaker wife, Sally, he also started Koru Wines in New Zealand and his two single vineyard wines became very sought-after in a relatively short time and the most expensive Marlborough wines of their type, receiving incredible international acclaim. Longridge Wine Estate, one of the leading wine estates in South Africa, is situated in the Stellenbosch region on the slopes of the Helderberg mountain range. The farm was first registered in 1841 and underwent a few name changes before finally being called Longridge in 1992, when commercial wine production first started.

"Our goal is to produce world class wines in a natural way, applying the age-old traditions of natural winemaking and respecting our land, by not using any herbicides, pesticides or chemical sprays."
Jasper Raats

At Longridge they strive to be as environmentally conscious as possible. Biodynamic viticultural methods are utilised to the fullest in our vineyards; The team strive to produce excellent quality wines while minimalising the impact we have on the environment. On the farm, the vines, herbs and vegetables are free from artificial pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers.

Each cultivar has been tended to using only natural methods and no commercial yeasts, enzymes or fining agents are used in our wines. The restaurant also utilizes sustainability to the best of its ability by only using produce grown organically on the farm and by sourcing other produce locally.
Free-roaming geese that waddle through the vineyard also help control insects and other pests that may harm the vines. The farm is also home to cattle, that also wander about freely on the farm and provide manure that can later be used as compost on the farm.

Spiritual and ethical practices are also greatly considered on farms that actively participate in biodynamic farming methods. Being biodynamic goes beyond being ecological and environmentally conscious, it’s about sustaining ecosystems and planning for the future.

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With panoramic views sweeping over False Bay and Table Mountain, the award winning Longridge restaurant is a perfect showcase for delicious and authentic South African inspired cuisine. A favourite amongst both tourists and locals, you’ll find a menu rich in the freshest seasonal produce from our organic kitchen garden, SASSI approved fish, beef from our own farm and other produce sourced from our neighbours.

In this beautifully relaxed atmosphere and home-grown luxury, masterfully created dishes by our Executive Chef, Maritz Jacobs can be savoured. The extensive menu changes regularly according to seasonal produce availability and of course Maritz’s inspiration. The restaurant boasts a dedicated vinoteq cellaring a large selection of specially matured vintage wines to accompany and complement the superb cuisine.

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