WavOrgFarmBugAll the vineyards are irrigated with pure mountain spring water and are located on a natural watershed area where both the Breede and Berg rivers originate. The area is renowned for its diverse fynbos (indigenous flora), giving our wines a unique herbaceous characteristic.

BIODIVERSITY

Over the past 5 years, 15 flagship South African wine estates have achieved the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) Champion status. We are proud to be the first organic wine producer to achieve the BWI Champion status. Over 16ha of land, including critically endangered veld types such as Breede Shale Renosterveld, Breede Alluvium Fynbos and Breede Shale Fynbos, has been set aside for conservation at Waverley Hills. The indigenous Flora and Fauna are protected, and all alien vegetation is removed from the estate. Natural predators are introduced in the vineyards to combat unfriendly insects and pests. We also have a family of white ducks which make sure that the snails are kept to a minimum.

BWI Project Coordinator, Inge Kotze says: “Waverley Hills truly demonstrates the philosophy of farming in harmony with nature, with no conventional pesticides and chemical fertilisers being used, and fantastic complimentary conservation and environmental awareness activities underway on the farm.”

ORGANIC FARMING

The phrase 'organic vineyard' conjures up a harmonious picture of clean rows of green, trellised vines, their leaves combed by beneficial insects hunting for pests, the skies patrolled by hawks and owls hunting for rodents, field workers safe from toxic chemicals, and wines pure and delicious - and this is what we aspire to achieve. For us at Waverley Hills, organic farming is more than just a passion; it is a way of life.

We not only adhere to strict regulations by our certifying bodies, but are always looking at long term sustainability on the estate rather than quick fixes.

Waverley Hills is also a member of the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) which is a voluntary environmental sustainability scheme established by the South African wine industry. IPW complies with international wine industry environmental sustainability criteria, including the 'Global Wine Sector Environmental Sustainability Principles' as published by the International Federation of Wine and Spirits (FIVS) and the 'OIV.

Furthermore, our wines, olives and olive oils are certified as organic by SGS who stipulate that no pesticides, no fungicides, no herbicides and no chemical fertilizers are to be used in the production process. Our organic wines contain 50% less sulphur than your conventional wines.

We fertilise with composts and manures, use cover crops such as vetch and legumes for soil improvement and as host plants for beneficial insects. We also allow some indigenous vegetation in proximity to the vines to grow wild. These areas provide food and a natural habitat for the indigenous fauna to flourish, adding a healthy diversity to our vineyard's eco-system.

Grenache
2014

Grenache is the most widely planted grape variety in the world and is found in many world renowned wines. Single varietal Grenache wines are however harder to find. Typical pomegranate red colour for this medium bodied. Made from low-yielding bush vines, this red wine has beautifully integrated flavours of rooibos tea, watermelon and white spice. The fresh palate is complemented by light tannins, making it an easy drinking wine.

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